Cardinals outfielder Rick Ankiel has been reactivated for the Cardinals Sunday game with the Royals.
Hopefully, he'll be able to restore some of the thunder to the St. Louis offense missing since he and Ryan Ludwick were disabled. Ankiel injured his chest, shoulder and back slamming into the centerfield wall while making a catch while Ludwick is nearing return from a hamstring injury.
Shortstop Tyler Greene was returned to Class AAA Memphis to make room for Ankiel. That's a shame because Green was hitting .263 with a pair of homeruns while he played solidly in the field. It looked like the one-time heir apparent to David Eckstein -- who was hurt last night when he was hit in the ribcage while trying to bunt -- is finally starting to realize his potential. But the recent return of Brendan Ryan from the disabled list gave the Birds a surplus of players up the middle.
Bill DeWitt told Channel 5 that the Cardinals are probably not interested in Cleveland infielder and outfielder Mark DeRosa.
According to the Cardinals chairman, the Indians want young pitching in exchange for DeRosa and he doesn't think it is worth it to sacrifice Chris Perez or Jason Motte when they are still optimistic that Troy Glaus will return to the team sometime in the second half of the season.