Furcal Goes on Disable List

This afternoon the Cardinals put Rafael Furcal on the 15 day DL due to a strained right elbow. Rafael felt a pop in his elbow after making a play in the infield the other night against the Washington Natonals. In response to Furcal’s injury the Cardinals called up Pete Kozma, this is not very good. On the other hand Mike Matheny does prefer Daniel Descalso at shortstop. Other shortstops that may have a chance to help includes free agent Ceasar Izturis that spent the 2008 season with the Cards. Another option could be Jack Wilson that was just released by the Braves. His numbers are also pretty low but it doesn’t hurt to give him a try.

In other news Lance Berkman will be activated this Saturday from the Disable List.

Source: ESPN

****Update****

Furcal’s MRI results shows that there is a tear in the ulnar collateral ligament. So he is probably out for the rest of the season and may require Tommy John surgery.

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Joe Kelly in Lance Lynn Out

As Lance Lynn seems to be winding down in his last three starts and his Friday’s lack luster start the  St.Louis Cardinals had decided to make the move to put Joe Kelly back in as a starter and Lance Lynn  back into middle relief. Mike Matheny had also made it clear that this move is open and will be evaluated day to day since Joe Kelly has some control issues from time to time. I hope this remedy helps out the Cardinals as they take over the Wild Card Spot.

Lance Berkman Thinking Retirement

Lance is currently spending his time with the Memphis Redbirds rehabing before returning to the Cardinals. He had recently told Joe Strauss he is leaning towards retirement after this season. During his first rehab earlier in the season I had speculated Lance calling it quits during this season. Well he had decided to probably retire after this season.

Lance was quoted in the St.Louis Post Dispatch …………..
“I don’t want to rule anything out. But if you asked me right now I’m leaning toward not playing next year,” Berkman said. “I don’t want to say for certain because I don’t want to do like Brett Favre and say, ‘I retired; I’m not retired; I’m retired; I’m not retired.’ I don’t want to make that call right now, but if you put a gun to my head and demand an answer today I would tell you I’m probably not going to play next year.”

CurrentlyLance has 1,842 hits and 360 home runs to go with the 1,200 RBI. He has a career slash line of .296/.409/.545. Berkman appeared in two World Series, in 2005 with Houston and in 2011 with the Cardinals. Berkman’s career .409 on-base percentage ranks fourth among active players and 37th all-time. Lance’s career .545 slugging percentage stands 12th among actives and 34th all-time. Combined, the two form a .953 career on-base plus slugging percentage that is fifth among active players and 19th all-time. Well whatever Lance decides to do the Cardinals Fans will support him.

Story from Joe Strauss/CBSSports

Dodgers Claim Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Beckett

The Redsox had put Adrian Gonzalez on waivers and my thoughts where for a Cardinal Claim. It didn’t happen but the Dodgers swept in and claimed Gonzalez and Josh Beckett. At this time the RedSox have 48-72 hours to put together a trade for Adrian and Josh. ESPN is now reporting that a deal is in the works for the Dodgers and Boston that also includes Carl Crawford and Nick Punto. Just for Gonzalez and Beckett the Dodgers would take on $253 million dollars. Boston could pull back both players at anytime. Waivers deadline end August 31.

Cardinals Offer New Contract for Westbrook

Today the Cardinals wrapped up a deal to attain Jake Westbrook for another year and a mutual option for 2014. Westbrook expressed himself as being very happy to return to the Cardinals rotation for next year. Jake will return next year with Wainwright and Garcia. Who knows what will happen with Carpenter once he comes off his surgery, and will Kyle Lohse return to the Cards in 2013? He will become a free agent after this year.

Spotlight: Dylan Alexander

This morning I saw a very short post from the Los Angeles Times in regards to a good friend of mine Mark Alexander’s son Dylan Alexander a catcher from Simi Valley High School. The very short article read, “All league catcher Dylan Alexander of Simi Valley commits with Cal State Northridge. I am so glad to see him staying in California and attending Cal state Northridge. He is in some good company in regards to some MLB players that where involved with the Northridge baseball team. Some of the players that attended includes St.Louis Cardinals draftee and current Dodgers player Adam Kennedy. Another Cardinal draftee Chuckie Fick that was called up to help this summer for the Cardinals. Other notables include 87 Phillies Jim Vatcher, and Twins outfielder Lyman Bostick that played from 1975-78.

Dylan does have some impressive skills. Perfect Game reports that Dylan Alexander is a 2013 C/1B with a 6-0 185 lb. frame from Simi Valley, CA who attends Simi Valley. Medium sized frame, good build, quick transfers and release, catch and throw tools, some arm strength, receives well, solid catching tools, aggressive approach at plate, simple swing, balanced, easy bat speed, quick hands, good student.

Reference: LA Times/PerfectGame

Brian Fuentes Goes on Leave

Just got word that Fuentes asked to go on personal leave to deal with undisclosed reasons. The Cardinals put him on the restricted list, GM John Mozeliak does not expect him back for the season. The Cardinals called up Trevor Rosenthal to fill in as a reliever. More pitching help is also on its way when the Cardinals activate Jaime Garcia this Sunday.

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