July 24, 2008

Redbird Randoms ... Wellemeyer, Rasmus, Carpenter

On-deck: The Cardinals will try to avoid a sweep by the Milwaukee Brewers tonight at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Game time is 7:15 CDT.

Probables: MIL-Ben Sheets RHP (10-3, 2.88) vs. STL-Todd Wellemeyer RHP (8-4, 4.22).

Birds' Perch: The Cards currently hold third place in the NL Central, three games behind the first place Cubs, who won last night. The Brewers are two games ahead of the Cards in second place, having beaten the Cards for the third time in a row last night.

Chris Carpenter rehab: The former Cards' ace is still slated for a start tomorrow night for the Class AAA Memphis Redbirds. Although the hopes of the Cardinals' front office is that Carpenter will go to the parent club for a start against Atlanta next week, Carpenter feels it is more likely he will need another minor league start to properly prepare.

Colby Rasmus injury: It is now likely after the results of an MRI that revealed a strain to his left knee that the Cardinals' number one prospect will be out for about a month. This will cause him to miss the summer olympics and could end his chances for a September call-up to the parent club.

Hot and cold: Since the All-Star break, the Cards have won four in a row, and are now in danger of losing four in a row.

Ballpark Village update: Reportedly, the eyesore of a hole in the ground next to Busch Stadium now has its future in order, the Cardinals supposedly having come agreements with the City of St. Louis and contractors as to how to proceed with construction. Completion of the project which is supposed to have a hotel, some residential space, and lots of retail square footage, is not forecast to be done prior to next year's All-Star game, to be hosted by the St. Louis Cardinals. Two years from finalization of plans and a construction start is the best estimate of completion.