Pitching woes for Jaime Garcia on the road continued. Oh did they continue …
He pitched three innings and gave up four runs on seven hits. He walked three and gave up a home run to Cameron Maybin. He did … strike out four.
Jaime. You are a conundrum, sir.
Those who came in to relieve Jaime weren’t much better. Shelby Miller, Fernando Salas, Victor Marte and Sam Freeman all relieved the troubled lefty. All of them gave up runs.
It was just as ugly a game as the 11-3 score suggests.
Adam Wainwright takes the mound for the Cardinals tonight against Edinson Volquez and the Padres.
Please Waino … be Bueno!
OK … let’s move on to the loads of interesting news from the Cardinals!
Per Jenifer Langosch at MLB.com:
Lance Berkman‘s season … and sadly enough, maybe even is career … is over.
Berkman is scheduled to undergo right knee meniscus surgery on Tuesday per the recommendation of the same doctor who performed the same surgery on him back in May. Berkman traveled home to Houston to have the knee re-examined today. This effectively ends his season, though Berkman has not made anything official about his future.
Jake Westbrook had an oblique injury examined in St. Louis. And thankfully, he is expected to pitch again this season.
Westbrook will not, however, make his start on Thursday. That will go to Lance Lynn, who gets the nod over Shelby Miller and Trevor Rosenthal. Experience was a big factor in the Cardinals’ decision to go with Lynn. With the game coming in a big series in LA, the Cardinals preferred not to send out someone who would be making his first Major League start.
Chris Carpenter threw around 70 pitches in a simulated game yesterday. Carpenter will throw another simulated game on Saturday, where he will extend himself to about 90 pitches. If all goes well, that will be Carpenter’s final step before making his season debut in a game.
Now that Berkman is done for the year, depth is desperately needed. Steven Hill was recalled by the Cardinals to provide some depth and a right-handed bat off the bench. Hill can back up at first, third and behind the plate.
And now that I have been the bearer of such bad news, I bring you … A PUPPY!