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ST. LOUIS – Manager Tony La Russa announced on Saturday that righty Kyle Lohse
will get the start in Houston on Monday night.
Lohse, who was skipped on Friday night in favor of John
Smoltz, is trying to work on his mechanics after a forearm
injury has caused him to lose the location on his pitches.
“He’s hoping to get healthy and stay healthy,” La Russa
said. “He’s feeling better. He’s missed so much time and had so many tough
breaks that it’s disrupted the natural flow of his pitching. He’s got a better feel
for his delivery right now.
“We’re going to start him Monday. We’re excited about him because
he’s feeling healthy for the first time in a while. He’s feeling better about
his delivery too.”
Joel Pineiro will start on Tuesday and Smoltz will start the
series finale on Wednesday.
Other Saturday tidbits:
*The Cardinals are expecting to have a few Triple-A call-ups
join the team on Friday in Colorado. The Cardinals Triple-A Memphis affiliate will
play in the one-game Triple-A Championship on Tuesday night after winning the
Pacific Coast League Championship on Friday night with a 3-0 series sweep of
After Tuesday’s game, the selected call-ups will head back
to Memphis before joining the Cardinals in Denver.
“What an amazing run that was,” La Russa said of Memphis. “I
talked to (Manager Chris) Maloney last night and they were all real excited.
They play Tuesday. Wednesday they will get back to Memphis and hopefully
celebrate and collect themselves and get to Colorado on either Thursday or Friday.”
La Russa also said that Double-A Springfield manager Pop
Warner will join the team for their three-game series in Houston and Maloney
will help out on the bench in Colorado and Cincinnati. Both Warner and Maloney
will be in St. Louis for the final homestand of the season.
*Infielder Troy Glaus played catch for the first time in a
couple of days and had a light workout on the field. He remains inactive with a
strained rib-cage and TLR didn’t know when he would be available.
“He can’t hit,” La Russa said. “He’s working out today and we
will see how he feels when it’s over but he’s not available to hit today.”
*I’m not a big music guy so I don’t have any music suggestions for you like my faithful
leader Matthew Leach usually provides in his blog. You shouldn’t be listening
to music today anyway. Go watch some football.
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Have a good afternoon.