May 25: Cardinals (31-16) @ Dodgers (19-27)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

The Cardinals and Dodgers meet on national TV this afternoon, as John Gast goes for his third win in as many Major League starts. But before the Cardinals go for win no. 32, manager Mike Matheny provided a few medical updates on his group of ailing pitchers. Here’s a quick hitter on the injuries; for more details, check out the cardinals.com notebook later today:

  • The Cardinals have scratched plans to have Chris Carpenter face hitters in live batting practice on Tuesday. Instead, he will continue to throw long toss and bullpen sessions. The change in directions was made after Carpenter’s arm did not respond as well to his extended bullpen session (somewhere around the 80-pitch mark) on Thursday. He’s not experiencing pain that requires him to shut down. Rather, it was explained to us as soreness that likely cropped up as a result of Carpenter pushing himself so quickly.
  • Jake Westbrook continues to play catch, but the Cardinals are going to send him out for a second opinion on his right elbow next week. That visit will likely be with Dr. James Andrews.
  • Lance Lynn, who came out of Friday’s game early due to lower back/hamstring, tightness, said he is fine today. The Cardinals do not anticipate the issue affecting his ability to be ready for his next start on Wednesday.

Also in today’s notebook, you’ll be able to read about Shelby Miller’s focus to be more efficient on Sunday, as well as Mark McGwire’s thoughts about his new job and old team. Consider this a tease…

CARDINALS LINEUP:

  1. Matt Carpenter (2B)
  2. Carlos Beltran (RF)
  3. Matt Holliday (LF)
  4. Allen Craig (1B)
  5. Yadier Molina (C)
  6. David Freese (3B)
  7. Jon Jay (CF)
  8. Pete Kozma (SS)
  9. John Gast (LHP)

DODGERS LINEUP:

  1. Nick Punto (3B)
  2. Mark Ellis (2B)
  3. Adrian Gonzalez (1B)
  4. Matt Kemp (CF)
  5. Andre Ethier (RF)
  6. Scott Van Slyke (LF)
  7. A.J. Ellis (C)
  8. Dee Gordon (SS)
  9. Ted Lilly (LHP)

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