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McClellan injured

Cardinals starting pitcher Kyle McClellan told ESPN Radio this afternoon that he has a problem with his hip and that he's considered to be day-to-day.

Presumably, his next start could be in jeopardy.

McClellan said he hurt his hip during the first inning of the Cardinals loss to the Giants on Memorial Day at Busch Stadium. He suffered control problems throughout the game and gave up seven earned runs as St. Louis lost for just the second time in his 10 starts so far this season.

The Cardinals have precious little depth as far as starting pitching goes. It was speculated during the afternoon drive time show on 101.1 that this condition might not be something new and the reason the team sent Mitchell Boggs to Class AAA Memphis to work in the rotation was to prepare him in case McClellan couldn't answer the bell in an upcoming rotation turn.

In two starts in Class AAA, Boggs has an 0-1 record with a 1.69 ERA. But he hasn't had a chance to build his endurance as a starter. Boggs has only pitched a combined 5 1/3 innings with five hits and two walks allowed. He's struck out five batters in that span.

Boggs clearly isn't ready to pitch five or six innings. And he isn't likely to be that point for at least another two or three weeks. And then there is the fact that Boggs was much less impressive as a starter earlier in his career than he was before he switched to the bullpen and didn't have to pace himself so much.

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