Friday Cardinals – D’Backs lineups and notes

Arizona (38-51)

Felipe Lopez 2B
Stephen Drew SS
Justin Upton RF
Mark Reynolds 3B
Miguel Montero 2B
Gerardo Parra LF
Chris Young CF
Josh Whitesell 1B
Jon Garland P

St. Louis (49-42)

Skip Schumaker 2B
Colby Rasmus CF
Albert Pujols 1B
Ryan Ludwick RF
Chris Duncan LF
Yadier Molina C
Joe Thurston 3B
Chris Carpenter P
Brendan Ryan SS

NOTES:

Former Mizzou basketball star Jimmy McKinney worked out on the Busch Stadium field for the second straight day as he tries to impress the Cardinals enough to earn a minor league contract.

La Russa on McKinney: ““Good athlete. I didn’’t know he was a
shortstop/infielder. He’s getting a good foundation because Jose is
working with his defense and Hal’s working with his hitting. It’s a
really hard thing to do, but he’s trying. It would be more fair (if he
was 21 or 22). It’’s really difficult. To get an opportunity, it’s really difficult to
make something out of the opportunity. He’s been out a long time. But
he’s such a great athlete. You never know.”

*Troy Glaus is 3-17 in four games with Palm Beach. La Russa didn’t have a time table for his return.

“I haven’t had enough information about how he’s
throwing,” La Russa said. “That’s the problem. With that information, it’s easier to
answer the question. I don’t know. It’s not the American League, though. We can’t DH him. It really
depends on how well he throws. If he could throw, it would be great to
get his bat in the lineup.

*Bullpen coach Jeff Murphy was injured during the All-Star break when he was bucked off a horse. No bones were broken but Murphy wasn’t available to catch bullpens on Friday.

Murphy fell off his horse and injured his back,” La Russa said. “There’s
nothing broken, but he’s all twisted and sore. Probably, it’s the horse
complaining about so much weight on it. A Clydesdale is the only thing
that can carry him.”

Cardinals outfielder Nick Stavinoha caught the pregame bullpen sessions and La Russa said he had no problem putting him in to catch in an emergency situation.

Thats all for now. It’s a beautiful night for baseball. Enjoy the game.


-B.J. Rains

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