The Cardinals have started to get some of their walking wounded back.
Brendan Ryan has been activated from the disabled list where he has been for the last two weeks because of a hamstring injury.
To make room, the Cardinals optioned Mitchell Boggs to Class AAA Memphis. The decision to replace a starting pitcher with a utility infielder seems to indicate that the Birds are confident Chris Carpenter will be healthy enough to make his next start and that he will soon be reactivated.
Carpenter has been shelved for a month with a pulled rib cage muscle. It was originally feared that he could have missed two months.
Boggs did fairly well as a fill in for Carpenter. He was 1-0 with a 3.22 ERA and he struck out 20 in 22 1/3 innings. But he lived dangerously, allowing 28 hits and 11 walks in that span. The Cardinals need Carpenter to dominate and lead their pitching staff by example. He had a last bullpen tuneup on Friday, according to the team, and reported no problems. The team made no official announcement on his return. But it appears he is ready.