September 6, 2008

Cards could get creative in center | MLB.com: News



"ST. LOUIS -- It seemed a bit odd when the
Cardinals, who
were having trouble finding playing time for the middle
infielders already on
their roster, called up two more middle infielders
on
Tuesday."


With Rick Ankiel nursing a lower abdominal strain and unable to go full tilt, manager Tony La Russa has no choice but to figure out how to best deal the vacancy sometimes created in center field when Skip Schumaker is not in the lineup. Matthew Leach addresses the situation based on what Cardinals' manager Tony La Russa has stated and according the personnel available to him.

Due to injuries to Mather and Barton, and an extra helping of middle infielders, Leach explains how covering center field, or the outfield in general, for that matter, might be accomplished.

According to Leach's take on La Russa, we may even see Brendan Ryan or Aaron Miles out there And the need to fill the outfield adequately may well take place today, when the Cardinals face a left-handed starter.

Skip Schumaker does not do all that well against left-handers, and La Russa doesn't seem to want to put Ludwick in center, and with Ankiel unable to go full speed without risking more injury, don't be surprised to see yet another variation on a starting lineup by the Redbird's skipper.

photos by Barbara Moore