April 27: Pirates (13-10) @ Cardinals (14-8)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

There has been a steady mist falling at Busch Stadium since I arrived several hours ago, but the Cardinals have been told that there is expected to be enough of a clearing this afternoon to play this game as scheduled. Last time Jake Westbrook made a start against the Pirates it was washed out by rain. In that instance, it worked in his favor, as Westbrook was stung by four first-inning runs. A makeup date for that postponed game has still not been announced.

The biggest news to come out of the Cardinals’ clubhouse today is regarding closer Jason Motte. He played catch — at about 30-40 feet, he estimated — this morning and felt nothing out of the ordinary in his right elbow. It was enough of a step forward that the Cardinals no longer see May 1 (Wednesday) as a drop-dead date to decide whether he’ll need to undergo Tommy John surgery.

For much more on Motte, read the Cardinals.com notebook later this afternoon.

Also, you’ll notice that David Freese — who has just four hits in his last 28 at-bats — is out of the lineup today. Manager Mike Matheny has made it a point to keep Daniel Descalso involved, but this is also a day for Freese to mentally attempt to get back on track.

CARDINALS LINEUP:

  1. Matt Carpenter (3B)
  2. Carlos Beltran (RF)
  3. Matt Holliday (LF)
  4. Allen Craig (1B)
  5. Yadier Molina (C)
  6. Jon Jay (CF)
  7. Pete Kozma (SS)
  8. Daniel Descalso (2B)
  9. Jake Westbrook (RHP)

PIRATES LINEUP:

  1. Starling Marte (LF)
  2. Travis Snider (RF)
  3. Andrew McCutchen (CF)
  4. Garrett Jones (1B)
  5. Brandon Inge (2B)
  6. Pedro Alvarez (3B)
  7. Russell Martin (C)
  8. Clint Barmes (SS)
  9. A.J. Burnett (RHP)

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1 Comment

While I hope for Jason Motte, an MRI would tell us much more than some short tosses. I play alot of tennis, especially in Florida. Ground strokes tell me very litte about my shoulder…and then I have to serve, and it usually hurts during the first several serves.

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