July 20, 2008

Redbird Randoms 7/20/08 Garcia, Carpenter, Johnson

On-deck: The Cards finish up a four-game series looking for a sweep of the San Diego Padres at Busch Stadium, today, 1:15 p.m. CDT.

Probables: SD-Cha Seung Baek RHP (2-5, 5.25) vs. STL-Jaime Garcia LHP (0-0, -.--)

Rookie first: Todays start for lefthander Jaime Garcia be his first as a major leaguer. He has made a prior appearance in relief, two innings. Garcia was called up from Triple-A Memphis where he tallied a 4-4 record with an ERA of 4.49.

Tyler anxious for winter: According to a Matthew Leach article posted on the St. Louis Cardinals Official Web Site, pitcher Tyler Johnson is raring to get back to throwing, and is awaiting the OK from medical personnel to begin throwing. Johnson had undergone athroscopic to remove "debris" from his shoulder's joint. He now plans on pitching in a winter baseball league in order to be ready for the 2009 Spring Training. Johnson stated he took some advice from Chris Carpenter regarding his situation and is glad he took it into account.

Mulder status: Cardinals' GM John Mozeliak's reported response concerning pitcher Mark Mulder's chances of a successful return to the mound were not encouraging, but they may have been an honest and realistic take on the situation as it stands.

According to the St. Louis Cardinals' Official Web Site, Mulder has been told by medical professionals that there are no surgical procedures which can help him with his throwing shoulder. The current plan is to simply have Mulder take a couple of weeks off to clear his head and then re-evaluate his condition.

Carpenter pitching today: Rehabbing pitcher Chris Carpenter is slated to pitch today for the Double-A Cardinals' affiliate Memphis Redbirds today. It is not known if Carpenter is to work a pre-determined pitch count or a certain number of innings.

Batavia Muckdogs (A-short season): Won 7-5 yesterday, defeating the Auburn Doubledays. Hector Cardenas (2-0) got the win, Adam Reifer earning his eighth save. Jon Edwards homered.

Quad-Cities River Bandits (Low-A): Lost 14-3 yesterday to the Fort Wayne Wizards. Aaron Luna hit a home run in the losing cause.

Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A): Lost 2-1 yesterday to the Sarasota Reds. Luke Gorsett doubled in the loss.

Springfield Cardinals (AA): Won yesterday, 13-2, pounding the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Former parent-club ace Chris Carpenter pitching today.

Memphis Redbirds (AAA): Won 9-5 over the Oklahoma RedHawks. Nick Stavinoha hit his 14th home run.
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