May 26: Cardinals (31-17) @ Dodgers (20-27)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

As I watched John Gast leave the game injured on Saturday night, I couldn’t help but think back to the Cardinals’ Dodger Stadium visit last May. Then, it was Lance Berkman hobbling off the field, leaving the Cardinals to deal with another player going down injured. Five players went on the disabled list during a nine-game span last May. This month, the Cardinals have already lost four pitchers to the DL — Jake Westbrook, Jaime Garcia, Fernando Salas and now Gast.

Gast was placed on the DL this morning to make room for the addition of RHP Michael Blazek. Blazek will slide into a bullpen that needed a fresh arm on the heels of covering seven innings on Saturday. More on that roster move here.

Blazek becomes  the fifth pitcher to be promoted from the Minors since April 29, joining Seth Maness, Carlos Martinez, John Gast and Tyler Lyons. Michael Wacha may soon join that list as well. Initially listed by Memphis as the team’s Sunday starter, the first-round (2012) pick is now listed as pitching on Monday. That means the Cardinals have another day to determine whether he’s the right fit for the big-league team. Asked who the candidates are for the open rotation spot, manager Mike Matheny did not offer any names.

Also of note: outfielder Carlos Beltran is out of the lineup today because of left shoulder soreness. Beltran was replaced in the field in the seventh inning on Saturday because of the same issue. Matheny said Beltran will “possibly” be available tomorrow.

CARDINALS LINEUP:

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

DODGERS LINEUP:

  1. Carl Crawford (LF)
  2. Mark Ellis (2B)
  3. Adrian Gonzalez (1B)
  4. Andre Ethier (RF)
  5. A.J. Ellis (C)
  6. Skip Schumaker (CF)
  7. Juan Uribe (3B)
  8. Dee Gordon (SS)
  9. Clayton Kershaw (LHP)

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1 Comment

What a season so far. Pitchers go down. High price hitters not hitting at the beginning of the season and the minor league products great fill ins. It seems that it isn’t fair that there isn’t room on the team for all the talent down in the minors. Everyone they send up is doing well.

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