MLB Team Report - St. Louis Cardinals - INSIDE PITCH
The Cardinals have had three rookies and one second-year starter in their rotation lately, but that will change Friday when right-hander Jake Westbrook is slated to come off the disabled list to pitch at Miami.
Westbrook, 2-1 with a 1.62 ERA in his first six starts, has been sidelined since May 8 with elbow irritation. It got to the point that he had a flight booked at the end of May to see Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., but the day he was supposed to leave, Westbrook played catch and said he felt all right. He canceled his flight and continued his rehab.
Since then, Westbrook has had two successful rehabilitation starts in the minors and, after throwing a bullpen session Tuesday in New York, said the elbow felt the best it had felt all season.
Westbrook will take the game that would have gone to left-hander Tyler Lyons, who may or may not be sent to the minor leagues. Lyons is 2-2 since coming up from Triple-A Memphis.
The Cardinals had 17 wins from rookie pitchers after right-hander Michael Wacha scored his first big-league win on Tuesday night at New York. Wacha held the Mets scoreless for his last five innings of a six-inning stint after giving up two runs and walking three in the first inning.
Injured left-hander John Gast has two wins, right-hander Shelby Miller has seven (he lost Wednesday in New York), right-handed reliever Seth Maness had four and right-handed reliever Trevor Rosenthal one.
MLB Team Report - St. Louis Cardinals - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Lost one
PAST 10 GAMES: 5-5
NEXT: Cardinals (Adam Wainwright, 9-3, 2.34) at Mets (Matt Harvey, 5-0, 2.10)
--3B David Freese saw his career-high 20-game hitting streak come to an end Wednesday night, when he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the Cardinals' 5-1 loss to the Mets. Freese hit .382 (29-for-76) during the streak, which is the longest in the majors this season. The streak raised his average from .209 to .287.
--LHP Tyler Lyons may lose his spot in the rotation when RHP Jake Westbrook returns to the Cardinals on Friday, but manager Mike Matheny said he wasn't ready yet to decide between Lyons and fellow rookie Michael Wacha. Westbrook is taking the start that Lyons, who last pitched on Saturday, was in line to receive. Lyons is 2-2 with a 3.51 ERA in four starts.
--RHP Shelby Miller allowed a career-high four runs and took the loss Wednesday, when the Cardinals fell to the Mets 5-1. Miller fell to 7-4 as his ERA rose from 1.91 to 2.21. He allowed three earned runs three times in his first 13 big league starts. Even in defeat, though, Miller was impressive as he allowed just five hits and walked none while striking out 10. It was the second double-digit strikeout game in 14 career starts for Miller, who struck out 13 in a one-hit shutout of the Rockies on May 10.
--C Yadier Molina took over as the National League's batting leader Wednesday, when he went 3-for-4 with two doubles in the Cardinals' 5-1 loss to the Mets. Molina's effort lifted his season average to .358. Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki is at .347 after going 0-for-4 against the Nationals.
--OF/1B Allen Craig homered for a second straight night Wednesday to provide the only run for the Cardinals in their 5-1 loss to the Mets. It marks the first time this season Craig has homered in consecutive games. He is hitting .312 with six homers and 48 RBI.
--RHP Adam Wainwright will look to win his fifth straight start -- and earn his NL-leading 10th win overall -- Thursday when he takes the mound against the Mets in the finale of a three-game series at Citi Field. Wainwright has a 2.01 ERA and a sterling strikeout-walk ratio of 28-2 over 31 1/3 innings in his last four starts. He has thrown at least seven innings every time while averaging just 105 pitches per outing. In his last start Thursday, Wainwright allowed two runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out seven over seven innings in the Cardinals' 9-2 win over the Reds. Wainwright is 1-4 with a 7.29 ERA in seven career appearances (five starts) against the Mets. Wainwright suffered his most recent loss in his last start against the Mets on May 16, when he allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits and one walk while striking out eight over six innings in the Cardinals' 5-2 loss.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I felt like I didn't have a terrible night but made some mistakes and they got some home runs and put up some runs. Simply got outpitched today." -- RHP Shelby Miller, who allowed a career-high four runs in six innings of a 5-1 loss to the Mets on Wednesday.
MLB Team Report - St. Louis Cardinals - ROSTER REPORT
--RHP Jake Westbrook (right elbow inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 9. He had his bullpen session cut short May 22 after he experienced elbow pain. Westbrook threw off the mound May 27 and experienced no discomfort. He made a rehab start for Double-A Springfield on June 4, then pitched for Class A Peoria on June 9. He will come off the DL on June 14 to start at Miami.
--LHP John Gast (left shoulder strain) went on the 15-day disabled list May 26.
--LHP Jaime Garcia (left shoulder strain) went on the 15-day disabled list May 18, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 30. He was diagnosed with a torn labrum, and he underwent season-ending surgery May 24.
--RHP Fernando Salas (right shoulder strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 21.
--RHP Jason Motte (muscle flexor strain in right elbow) went on the 15-day disabled list March 22, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 14. He had season-ending Tommy John surgery May 7.
--SS Rafael Furcal (Tommy John surgery in March 2013) went on the 15-day disabled list March 20, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 3. He is out for the season.
--RHP Chris Carpenter (nerve problem in right shoulder) went on the 60-day disabled list Feb. 22. He threw about 25 pitches in a side session May 29 and reported no pain in his right arm. He will throw extended bullpen sessions in mid-June.
RHP Adam Wainwright
RHP Lance Lynn
RHP Shelby Miller
LHP Tyler Lyons
RHP Michael Wacha
RHP Edward Mujica (closer)
RHP Trevor Rosenthal
LHP Randy Choate
RHP Joe Kelly
RHP Seth Maness
RHP Keith Butler
LHP Kevin Siegrist
1B Allen Craig
2B Daniel Descalso
SS Pete Kozma
3B David Freese
INF Matt Adams
INF Matt Carpenter
INF Ty Wigginton
LF Matt Holliday
CF Jon Jay
RF Carlos Beltran
OF Shane Robinson