August 2, 2008

Redbird Randoms ... Looper, Phelps, Motte, UCB

On-Deck: The Cards take on the Philadelphia Phillies in the second game of a three-game set tonight at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Game time is 6:15 p.m.

Probables: PHL- Joe Blanton RHP (5-12, 5.13) vs. STL-Braden Looper RHP (10-8, 4.38)

Birds' Perch: Actually, the Cardinals are sharing a perch, sort of, with the Milwaukee Brewers again. Both the Cards and Brew-crew are tied for second, but in percentage points, Milwaukee's finest has a one-point lead with a winning percentage of .555 to the Cards: .554. Both teams are four full games behind the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central Division.

Cards' Minor Leaguers of the Month (July): Josh Phelps was named Player of the Month while Jason Motte was named Pitcher of the Month. Both are from the Triple-A affiliate Memphis Redbirds.

Whatcha done for me lately? Joe Mather another home run last night; Ryan Ludwick hit two.

Ankiel's tummy troubles: More accurately, an abdominal strain is yet keeping Rick Ankiel on the bench, except for pinch-hitting duties. Ankiel is expected to return to action during the upcoming home series versus the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Up-Down's: Almost a regular category now, the Cards activated lefthanded pitcher Jaime Garcia from Class AAA Memphis yesterday, optioning pitcher Kelvin Jimenez back to Memphis. Garcia pitched in last night's game versus the Phillies.

Duncan's disk: Chris Duncan is probably out for the season, according to the St. Louis Cardinals, his recent "pinched nerve" in his neck actually turning out, after further medical evalutation, to be a reported herniated cervical disk. Surgery has already been scheduled for this coming Monday.

UCB: 4thebirds... has been accepted into the network named United Cardinals Bloggers.

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