May 23: Padres (16-28) @ Cardinals (24-19)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

An oblique strain has put Matt Carpenter on the disabled list, where he has plenty of company. That DL has grown by five players since May 16. Jon Jay (sprained right shoulder), Allen Craig (strained left hamstring), Kyle McClellan (right elbow strain), Lance Berkman (torn right knee meniscus) and now Carpenter have all been sidelined — and will be for various lengths of time.

Carpenter is optimistic that he won’t miss as much time as Lance Lynn (nearly two months) did last year with an oblique strain. He also hopes he won’t even be down as long as Skip Schumaker (about a month) was earlier this season. Because Carpenter does still have some mobility, he will be able to continue some of his normal daily work.

Steven Hill, while not in the clubhouse this afternoon, is expected to arrive at Busch Stadium in time for tonight’s game.

David Freese is back in the lineup following a pair of off days. With the injuries piling up, manager Mike Matheny doesn’t have the flexibility to be giving his surviving regulars much time off. That will certainly continue to be a tricky balance. “I know his body and mind got a rest,” Matheny said of Freese. Matheny actually threw batting practice to the third baseman on Tuesday to get a feel for where he was with his work.

CARDINALS LINEUP:

  1. Rafael Furcal (SS)
  2. Skip Schumaker (CF)
  3. Matt Holliday (LF)
  4. Carlos Beltran (RF)
  5. David Freese (3B)
  6. Yadier Molina (C)
  7. Matt Adams (1B)
  8. Tyler Greene (2B)
  9. Lance Lynn (RHP)

PADRES LINEUP:

  1. Will Venable (RF)
  2. Cameron Maybin (CF)
  3. Yonder Alonso (1B)
  4. Jesus Guzman (LF)
  5. Chase Headley (3B)
  6. Nick Hundley (C)
  7. Andy Parrino (SS)
  8. Everth Cabrera (2B)
  9. Jeff Suppan (RHP)

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3 Comments

Padres are the home team? The game is in San Diego?

Thank you former director Jeff Luhnow for the solid minor league core you drafted to help get us through this. How many teams can lose a Lance Berkman and have Matt Carpenter to rely on, then lose Carp and have Matt Adams waiting in the wings? The Cards could be in a much worse position if it weren’t for our depth. Now if only Linebrink gets healthy to provide a veteran arm (who throws in the mid 90′s) in the pen and Freese gets on track, we can wade out these injuries until Craig and co. represent the cavalry to take the division.

By the way, love the hands on approach Matheny displayed throwing bp to Freese. Couldn’t have asked for a better successor to Tony.

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