LOS ANGELES -- The brilliant sunshine and mid-70 degree weather at Dodger Stadium Sunday won't stop the Cardinals from sporting a cold-weather staple when they fly back to St. Louis after their current 10 game road trip.Coming up with the idea in San Francisco, when Skip Schumaker wore a mock turtleneck, Lance Berkman and a few other players had an idea to make the entire team wear turtlenecks when they leave for St Louis. "I don't necessarily want to take credit for it, but I was involved in the conversation," Berkman said. "When you have some success, it makes it easier to goof around. It is not too easy to find one though." Players have gone to thrift shops in San Francisco, Arizona and Los Angeles and even bought some online, just to be ready for Sunday. "We are bringing them back. I don't think anyone really resisted, which is the scary thing," Kyle Lohse said. "No city we have been to has any turtlenecks left thanks to us." While some Cardinals have regular sport turtlenecks, others like Schumaker and Mitchell Boggs decided to go all out. "It is a woman's medium from 1970, so it is a little snug," Boggs said. "It is Big Bird yellow. I was trying to get the most outlandish one I could find. "Not to toot my own horn, but I like my ensemble right now." Schumaker, who will wear two on Sunday, has one that is a green turtleneck with white fringe on top and then a red knitted turtleneck sweater with the sleeves partially cut off. "Skip's is tough to beat, sort of a Jacque Cousteau look," Berkman said jokingly. "We have a couple that are bad/good." Players also thought it would be a great time to wear the turtlenecks with how hot the offense has been the past week. Scoring six or more runs in seven straight games, the Cardinals have also scored 60 runs in their past six games. "They are a specialty item," Berkman said. "Get ready for the parade of turtle necks after the game. Just something to break up the monotony of the season."
Schumaker sidelined with injured elbow
LOS ANGELES -- Before Sunday's game against the Dodgers, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa announced that Skip Schumaker has a hyperextended right elbow and is day to day.Schumaker, who hasn't played in the Cardinals' last two games, injured the elbow during an at-bat in Friday's game. "It doesn't feel great," Schumaker said. "Hopefully it is something minor and a couple days' rest will be enough to get it better. "It just hurt when I would follow through on my swing and after I would throw a ball. I just couldn't get anything on the ball." La Russa said the Redbirds' second baseman will see team doctors Monday in St. Louis. Utility infielder Daniel Descalso replaced Schumaker in Sunday's starting lineup at second base, his first Major League start there. In 14 games this season, Schumaker is batting .241 with one home run and his eight RBIs are tied for second most among National League second baseman. "We will fly in and hopefully I can get clearance and a couple of days off and it will feel better," said Schumaker.
After hitting a three-run homer in his best game of the season on Saturday, Allen Craig was unavailable for Sunday's series finale against the Dodgers after experiencing left groin tightness. He will be seen by team doctors in St. Louis Monday, however, the injury isn't expected to be anything serious. ... Coming into Sunday's game, Colby Rasmus, has played every inning of the Cardinals' road trip, batting .419 (18-for-43), with two home runs and five RBIs. He also has a nine-game hitting streak. ... Over the past six games entering Sunday, the Cardinals led the Majors with a .386 average, 14 home runs and 60 runs scored. The Cardinals also rank first in the National League in batting (.298), hits (164) and runs scored (87) on the season.
Quinn Roberts is a contributor to MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.