May 22: Cardinals (29-16) @ Padres (21-24)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

We’re still nearly four hours from first pitch at Petco Park tonight and already it has been quite a busy news day for the Cardinals. It was determined this morning — after a visit to Dr. James Andrews — that Jaime Garcia will need to undergo shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum (story here). A few hours later, the Cardinals announced that shoulder inflammation forced Fernando Salas to the DL (story here). That opens up a space on the 25-man roster for tonight’s starter Tyler Lyons. Also, David Freese is out of the lineup for the third straight day.

Also of note: the Cardinals announced the formation of the Cardinals Care Oklahoma Recovery Fund, which has been established to assist with the needs of children affected by the tornadoes in Moore, Okla., on Monday. More on how you can donate money or supplies is in this story. And while on the topic of tornado recovery, I highly recommend that you take the time to read this story about how, on the two-year anniversary of the Joplin, Mo., tornado, the community is rebuilding with a hand from the Cardinals and the Royals. MLB.com associate reporter Chad Thornburg traveled to Joplin this week to meet with families who just recently moved into homes that the Cardinals and Royals helped build.  Their tales of moving forward are certainly inspiring.

As for tonight’s game, it will be a pair of rookies — Lyons (a product of Oklahoma State) and Burch Smith (a product of Oklahoma) — squaring off in the rubber match.

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. Daniel Descalso (2B)
  8. Pete Kozma (SS)
  9. Tyler Lyons (LHP)

PADRES LINEUP:

  1. Chris Denorfia (CF)
  2. Everth Cabrera (SS)
  3. Chase Headley (3B)
  4. Jesus Guzman (LF)
  5. Jedd Gyorko (2B)
  6. Yonder Alonso (1B)
  7. Kyle Blanks (RF)
  8. Nick Hundley (C)
  9. Burch Smith (RHP)

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3 Comments

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Starting pitching from day one has been better than most. Then the bull pen was a mess and that turned around. I believe the Cardinals can over come even this. They have so many leading in RBI, The ERA is ridiculously low. Batting Averages are high. The Cardinals are playing exceptional baseball and hickup here or there is not the end of everything.

I choose to be patient

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