The Cardinals' 4-0 loss Friday to
the San Diego Padres was the first time they had lost to
What pitcher Kyle Lohse probably didn't deserve was another injury. After experiencing two forearm flexor problems in addition to leg and back maladies this season, Lohse strained a strained groin while running hard to first after a fifth-inning base hit.
La Russa estimated that Lohse not only would miss a turn but might have to go on the disabled list for the second time in his career—and the second time this season. "It would be shocking if it's not disabling," La Russa said.
John Smoltz may be in the rotation longer than anybody thinks and injured righty Todd Wellemeyer might make a return to it when he comes off the disabled list in another week to 10 days. Mitch Boggs, who was optioned to Class AAA Memphis when Smoltz was signed, also may be brought back.
"I've never done anything like this (hurt his groin) before," said Lohse. "I've never felt this before. It's been one thing after another. (The season) has been trying, frustrating."
Lohse already was down 3-0 as a result of serving up a three-run homer in the second inning to catcher Nick Hundley. Lohse, however, thought the ball "was coming out of my hand" as well as it had all season and he seemed to be throwing harder and with more movement than he had when his forearm was weak.
The Cardinals have won three of five games on this seven-trip despite scoring 14 runs and hitting .178. "I've been jumping at (the ball) lately," said first baseman Albert Pujols, who was nothing for 12 before getting a third-inning single. "I don't know about anybody else."
Padres 4, Cardinals
0: LHP Clayton Richard and three
• One of the few Cardinals' threats came to a screeching halt in the fourth. SS Brendan Ryan and 1B Albert Pujols both singled and they were told to run on a 3-2 pitch to LF Matt Holliday. But Ryan started and then stopped. While Pujols was sliding into second, Ryan was retreating there and Pujols was ruled out when both were tagged on the bag. Manager Tony La Russa said, "It was a ‘must run,' (Ryan) has got to go."' Said Ryan, who was glared at by Pujols afterward, "It's on me."
• 1B Albert Pujols, 2B Julio Lugo and RF Ryan Ludwick couldn't track down San Diego C Nick Hundley's foul fly with two on and one out in the second inning. It proved costly as Hundley hit a three-run homer a couple of pitches later.
• The Cardinals had won 12 of
their previous 13 games against
• The Cardinals' victory Thursday was No. 9,999 in their history. They will become the fourth major league club to reach the 10,000 plateau. (Editor's note: The Cardinals officially do not recognize this mark. Details at The Cardinal Nation blog.)
• LHP Jaime Garcia, who came back sooner than perhaps expected from "Tommy John" elbow surgery of last September, was removed from the disabled list—he had been on a rehab assignment at Class A Palm Beach—and was optioned to Class AAA Memphis.
• RHP John Smoltz threw his first
bullpen session for the Cardinals. He will start Sunday in
RHP Todd Wellemeyer (right elbow inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 5.
3B Troy Glaus (right shoulder surgery in January 2009) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27. He began a minor league rehab assignment July 11. He was shut down in late July because of recurring back pain. He will start a new rehab assignment with Class AAA Memphis on Aug. 15.
LHP Jaime Garcia (Tommy John elbow surgery in September 2008) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27. He began a rehab assignment in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League on July 23. He was removed from the disabled list on Aug. 21 and optioned to Class AAA Memphis.