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St. Louis Cardinals Roster Report 2009-04-24


St. Louis Cardinals Roster Report 2009-04-24
The Cardinals won eight of their first 13 games, with a striking trend developing. Starting pitchers were 8-1 and relievers 0-4, although those in the latter group were used more than they should have been because the starters had more trouble pitching deeper in the game in the second week of the season than they did the first week.

PLAYER NEWS:

--OF Rick Ankiel, hitting .179 when the week began, has shot to .250 on the strength of two three-hit games in the last three. "Mostly when he takes pitches that are out of the strike one, it works," manager Tony La Russa said. "He's an aggressive guy, so you don't want him to lose his aggressiveness, but you've got to have a good strike zone."

--RHP Kyle Lohse, Thursday's winner, hasn't been as good in his last two starts as he was in his first two, when he went past 100 pitches each time. But he is 3-0 overall, and in his Cardinals career at Busch Stadium he is 11-2.

The negative is that he has lasted just five innings in each of his last two outings, with Thursday's early dismissal hastened by a twisted right knee.

--C Jason LaRue, who has had five hits in his two starts, had his first three-hit game Thursday since July 3, 2007, when he was with Seattle. LaRue won't play much with Gold Glover Yadier Molina ahead of him, but the Cardinals are 2-0 in his starts this year.

MEDICAL WATCH:

RHP Kyle Lohse (twisted right knee) was hurt during the April 23 game. He will have an MRI on April 24.

RHP Chris Carpenter (torn left oblique muscle) went on the 15-day disabled list April 15. He is likely out six to eight weeks.

3B Troy Glaus (right shoulder surgery in January 2009) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27. He didn't heal as quickly as was hoped, and he may not play before July.

LHP Jaime Garcia (Tommy John elbow surgery in September 2008) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27. He likely will miss all or nearly all of the 2009 season.

ROTATION:

RHP Adam Wainwright

RHP Kyle Lohse

RHP Todd Wellemeyer

RHP Joel Pineiro

RHP Mitchell Boggs

BULLPEN:

RHP Jason Motte (closer)

RHP Ryan Franklin

RHP Kyle McClellan

RHP Chris Perez

LHP Dennys Reyes

LHP Trever Miller

RHP Blaine Boyer

RHP P.J. Walters

CATCHERS:

Yadier Molina

Jason LaRue

INFIELDERS:

1B Albert Pujols

2B Skip Schumaker

SS Khalil Greene

3B Brian Barden

INF Brendan Ryan

INF Joe Thurston

OUTFIELDERS:

LF Chris Duncan

CF Rick Ankiel

RF Ryan Ludwick

OF Colby Rasmus


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 24, 2009

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