Notes: Kennedy headed for surgery
Infielder out at least a month; Rolen finding success after rest
ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals placed second baseman Adam Kennedy on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday with a torn medial meniscus in his right knee. According to a release from the club, Kennedy will undergo surgery early in the coming week and is expected to be out for four to six weeks. Brendan Ryan was recalled from Triple-A Memphis to take Kennedy's spot on the roster.
Kennedy first began feeling discomfort in his knee on Friday. Following Saturday's game, he was examined by the Cards' medical staff and a determination was made to give him an MRI on Sunday. The results of that exam indicated the extent of Kennedy's injury, and he was placed on the DL.
"I just wanted to know if something was injured," Kennedy said. "Then we could fix it. If it's not, then I could keep playing. It's not a huge procedure."
Aaron Miles got the start at second base in Kennedy's place. Manager Tony La Russa indicated he will split time between Miles and Ryan at second.
"There are some times we'll play Brendan out there," La Russa said. "We'll see. But I would think that it's an opportunity for Aaron to get playing time."
Kennedy hopes to be back this season, but La Russa would not rule out the possibility that the infielder could miss the rest of 2007.
"I think we'll have to wait and see," La Russa said. "I think it depends on what they go in there and see. I just don't know. I'm guessing he'll be back in September, but I don't know."
Encarnacion scratched: Juan Encarnacion was a late scratch from Sunday's starting lineup after originally being written in. It was the fourth straight day Encarnacion was held out -- he has not started since Rick Ankiel was added to the Cardinals' roster. Encarnacion had been slated to play right field, but shortly before game time, he was removed from the lineup, with Ankiel moving from center field to right and So Taguchi getting the call in center.
Rolen gets a breather: Sunday was a scheduled day off for Scott Rolen, who is receiving periodic "maintenance days" to rest his shoulder. Several Cardinals received breaks during the scorching six-day homestand at Busch Stadium, but Rolen's rest was specifically timed to lead into Monday's open date in the schedule. Rolen gets two full days without playing, followed by a Tuesday night game, yielding a significant amount of rest.
"He needed one, and this is the one we planned all along," La Russa said. "We don't have to play 'till Tuesday night, so it should be good for him."
The off-days have suited Rolen well. In the 10 games this year when he's started after a day out of the starting lineup, Rolen is 14-for-37 (.378) with three home runs, two doubles, eight RBIs and a .675 slugging percentage.
This date in Cardinals history: On Aug. 12, 1958, Sam Jones pitched the sort of complete game that you don't see very often. Jones allowed three runs on six hits, struck out seven ... and walked eight Giants in a 7-3 Cardinals win at Seals Stadium in San Francisco. Thanks to Project Retrosheet for the information.
Baby 'Birds: Ryan reached base three times in Memphis' come-from-behind, 7-5 win over Omaha on Saturday. Skip Schumaker doubled and drove in four runs. ... Jose Martinez stayed hot for Double-A Springfield, hitting a home run and adding a single in a 13-5 loss. Martinez is on a 14-for-34 (.412) streak, with four homers and two doubles in his past eight games. ... Class A Palm Beach was held to six singles in a 6-0 loss to Tampa. Dan Nelson had two of the hits and stole a base. ... Steve Hill doubled and homered, Brandon Dickson pitched five-plus strong innings and Kenny Maiques struck out the side in order for Class A Quad Cities, which beat Fort Wayne, 3-2.
Short-season Batavia jumped to an early lead and held on to beat Vermont, 6-3. Tyler Henley singled, drew two walks and scored two runs from the leadoff spot. ... Osvaldo Morales' two-run homer in the 11th inning gave rookie-level Johnson City a 3-1 win over Princeton. Pete Kozma was 3-for-5, and Andres Rosales struck out eight over five scoreless innings. JC pitchers struck out 17 batters in total. ... The Gulf Coast League Cardinals were rained out against the GCL Mets.
Maiques is player of the day. His perfect inning yielded save No. 26 on the season for the right-hander, equaling the Quad Cities franchise record. He has a 1.80 ERA in 45 innings, with 47 strikeouts, 18 walks and three home runs allowed. Maiques, 22, was the Cardinals' 37th-round Draft pick in 2005.
Coming up: It's make-or-break week, redux, for the Cardinals. Tuesday brings the start of a pivotal seven-game road trip to Milwaukee and Chicago. After an off-day on Monday, the Cards play the Brewers on Tuesday night at Miller Park. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. CT, with a pitching matchup of Kip Wells against Brewers lefty Chris Capuano.
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.