CINCINNATI -- Kyle Lohse caught a flight west on Monday, headed to Nevada for a game he thought he wouldn't have to pitch.

Lohse will start on Tuesday for Triple-A Memphis at Reno, his fourth Minor League rehabilitation start as he tries to come back from forearm surgery. Lohse had hoped that his next game would come for the Cardinals on the club's upcoming homestand. Instead, he'll pitch one more time in the Minors.

His last time out, Lohse was reached for five runs on 12 hits in five innings, an outcome that led the Cardinals to alter their plans a bit.

"This is a team in contention," manager Tony La Russa said Monday. "It's the same argument you use all the time on these guys. When you get in there, we can't afford to have guys getting their timing at the plate or on the mound.

"We want Kyle to help us when he gets here. But I know one thing: [pitching coach Dave Duncan] is very excited about how he's throwing the ball. So we're working off a good thing. It's just a matter of time."

If all goes well for Lohse on Tuesday, he could slot in at some point on the Cards' upcoming eight-game homestand, which begins on Friday.

Cardinals get Schumaker back in Cincy

ST. LOUIS -- Skip Schumaker's right wrist showed improvement on Monday, so the second baseman was back in the Cardinals' lineup for the first time in six days. Schumaker had sat out since the previous Tuesday as he dealt with discomfort in his wrist, a condition that dates back more than two months.

"Everything is fine," Schumaker said Monday afternoon. "Everything is good to go. ... Today it's good to go. I wasn't playable for a couple days."

Schumaker's return unties manager Tony La Russa's hands somewhat. With Schumaker unavailable and 13 pitchers on the roster, St. Louis had only three usable bench players over the weekend in Florida.

"He said he's good to go," La Russa said. "We'll watch him anyway -- [we] watch everybody close."

Cards react to Reds' trade for Edmonds

CINCINNATI -- The Cardinals have seen Jim Edmonds in an opposing uniform before. They've seen Scott Rolen in the opposite dugout, as well. But following the Reds' trade for Edmonds, the Redbirds faced their two former stars as members of the same opposing team for the first time on Monday.

It's definitely a strange sight.

"We had heard about it," manager Tony La Russa said. "I think Jim told a couple of our guys that it was going to happen. He'll help them. When [Rolen] is healthy, he's proven what kind of player he is. Jim is in a different part of his career. But like I said, I think he'll help them."

Second baseman Skip Schumaker, who became a full-time player in part in the wake of Edmonds' trade from St. Louis, admitted mixed feelings regarding having Edmonds as an opponent in a pennant race.

"He's a good player," Schumaker said. "He's always been a good player, especially in big games. I'm a fan of Jim Edmonds. I always have been. I just don't want him to do too well this series. But I hope he does well the rest of the year."

Edmonds joins a slew of Reds who played for general manager Walt Jocketty during his tenure in St. Louis, a group that also includes Miguel Cairo and injured pitcher Russ Springer. More than any of the others, though, Edmonds is identified foremost as a Cardinal.

"I still have a lot of great friendships and really close friends over there," Edmonds said. "Between the lines, it's different. We all know that and we all talk and keep in touch. It will be fun."

Cards optimistic about Draft pick Jenkins

CINCINNATI -- Cardinals scouting and farm director Jeff Luhnow confirmed on Monday that Draft pick Tyrell Jenkins has not begun football practice at Baylor University, but cautioned against making too much of that fact just yet.

Jenkins, who turned 18 in July, was a supplemental first-round selection by the Cardinals in June. He's a hard-throwing right-handed pitcher who has a commitment to play football at Baylor. However, the Bears have begun practice for the 2010 season, and Jenkins isn't in camp.

It's certainly not a bad sign, but Luhnow said it's not an indication that a deal is done.

"We are working on it and optimistic," Luhnow said on Monday.

Jenkins is one of four highly rated Draftees who have yet to sign with the Cardinals, along with first-rounder Zack Cox, second-round pick Jordan Swagerty and 12th-round pick Austin Wilson, who was considered a first-round talent.

The Cardinals are making it a point to get all four in for physical exams in advance of next Monday's deadline, so that when and if the players agree to terms, the physicals are not a holdup.

Baby Birds

James Rapoport went 3-for-4 and Nick Stavinoha homered, but it was otherwise a quiet offensive day for Triple-A Memphis, which lost to Reno, 8-2, on Sunday. ... Chris Swauger and Tony Cruz each homered to back Brian Broderick in Double-A Springfield's 4-1 win over Tulsa. ... Class A Palm Beach was off on Sunday. ... Luis Mateo had two of Class A Quad Cities five hits, as well as a walk, in the River Bandits' 4-0 loss to Peoria. ... Nick Longmire went 3-for-5, but short-season Batavia lost to Vermont, 6-1. ... Patrick Elkins had three hits, including a home run, to help send rookie-level Johnson City to a 7-4 win against Elizabethton.

Broderick is the player of the day for his six innings of two-hit ball. He allowed one run, walked two and struck out three, marking the third straight start that the right-hander went at least six innings with no more than two runs allowed. On the year, Broderick is a combined 9-7 with a 4.20 ERA between Palm Beach and Springfield. He has struck out 74 against 21 walks in 113 2/3 innings. Broderick, 23, was a 21st-round pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.

Cardinals tidbits

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said Monday that Jake Westbrook will pitch Friday's series opener at home against the Cubs, but that the remainder of the weekend rotation is unsettled. Multiple off-days over the next two weeks give the Cards a wide range of options as to how to set up their starting pitching. ... Jeff Suppan, whose scheduled start Sunday at Florida was rained out, will likely be available to pitch in relief on Tuesday. Suppan's next start is undetermined. ... La Russa said there is a good chance the Cardinals will soon make a move to go back to 12 pitchers. They're currently carrying 13.