Cardinals Suffer from Injuries

In Simmons' FootstepsContributor IJune 4, 2009

ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 12: Starting pitcher Kyle Lohse #26 of the St. Louis Cardinals throws against the Houston Astros on April 12, 2009 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Cardinals beat the Astros 3-0.  (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

After missing two scheduled starts due to forearm stiffness, Kyle Lohse took the mound against the Reds last night.

He lasted two innings.

Lohse and trainer Barry Weinberg strolled away from behind with no outs in the top of the third, Lohse gripping his right forearm.

"Kyle was experiencing tightness in that forearm," said manager Tony La Russa.

OK, my question to TLR is, "Why send him out there if he's not fully healthy?"

"The team doctor comes to the park every day," said La Russa. "They aren't going to clear him to pitch unless he passed all the tests."

I don't doubt that. What I do question is the team's integrity. Can anyone say "No" to the doctor's ruling? TLR? GM John Mozeliak? Owner Bill DeWitt? Any oversight?

Now, since the Cardinal organization relied on a bunch of tests, we could lose a crucial starter to the rotation.

If Lohse misses extended time, GM John Mozeliak should at least make a valiant effort in acquiring former Brave Tom Glavine. The Redbirds have nothing to lose here.

Khalil Greene
This is what really frustrated me and other Cardinal fans: the fact that Mozeliak, a scout, etc. did not take note of Greene's evident self-punishment. Whoever was in charge of scouting Greene made a mistake, and now the Cardinals are severely damaged from it.

Mozeliak Decisions
This year was the first time in a year or so that I was angry with a decision made by John Mozeliak. Mozeliak placed Ryan Ludwick on the DL with a sprained hamstring. Two days after Ludwick was hurt, he reported that he felt fine. I understand that Mo was trying to protect a huge part of our lineup, but with the loss of Ludwick, the Cardinals lineup struggled through the month of May.


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