The Cardinals had planned to send infielder Tyler Greene to Class AAA Memphis Sunday to make room for pitcher Jake Westbrook.
But Greene told management this morning that his has a brusied right wrist and he was placed on the 15-day disabled list instead.
The Cardinals are going to have an interesting roster dilemma soon because the club just got Nick Stavinoha back from the DL and it seems that Allen Craig, who played well in his last trip to the big leagues, can't stay in the minors for long. He's been tearing up Class AAA pitching and it would make a lot of sense for his right handed bat to platoon with Jon Jay's lefty bat in right field to try to replace Ryan Ludwick.
On the other side of the ball, the addition of Westbrook combined with the imminent return of Kyle Lohse means there will soon be a shakeup in the pitching staff. Lohse pitched for the second time in his rehab tour last night in Memphis and will make one more start in Class AA Springfield this week before coming back to the parent club.
GM John Mozeliak said on the Cardinals pre-game radio show that Brad Penny long tossed before the game Sunday and is re-starting the comeback effort. He refused to make a prediction about when Penny could be back. But he said he doesn't think the big righty is out for the season as has been speculated.
If Penny comes back and pitches like he did, the Birds could have a pretty fearsome foursome of starters come playoff time (sorry, Rams) with Chris Carpenter, Adam Wainwright, Westbrook and Penny starting and rookie Jaime Garcia moving to the bullpen as an extra lefthanded arm.
While things could get complicated with the roster over the next four weeks, the large number of contributors to the Cardinals cause could give the team a big advantage in September when the rosters expand.
If there is enough work to go around, and judging from the way Tony La Russa has been managing the pitcher so far there will be, the Redbirds could benefit from having a 15 or 16-man pitching staff and another 15 or 16 position players.
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