ST. LOUIS -- FOX Sports Midwest once again held its "This One's For You" night on Friday, helping to connect St. Louis-based military men and women with their families.
The game was shown simultaneously on the American Forces Network, with FSMW also providing a live satellite link to Afghanistan. Over that link, Missouri National Guard soldiers from the 1138th transportation company were interviewed from Afghanistan, while families of troops overseas attended the game and appeared on television as well.
The 1138th transportation company is based at Jefferson Barracks in south St. Louis County. The company, consisting of 170 soldiers, provides convoy security and supply distribution to coalition forces.
It's the fourth time that the Cardinals' broadcast holder has done "This One's For You," with the first occurrence back in 2005.
Cards put Lynn on 60-day DL, call up Robinson
ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals made a pair of connected moves on Friday, each telling in its own right.
The club added outfielder Shane Robinson to both the 25-man and 40-man rosters, purchasing his contract from Triple-A Memphis. Meanwhile, to make room for Robinson on the 40-man roster, the Cards moved pitcher Lance Lynn from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL.
Adding Robinson is a tacit admission that the team could use some depth in center field, particularly a right-handed hitter. Moving Lynn to the 60-day DL is an explicit acknowledgment that the impressive rookie right-hander will not pitch again this season due to a strained left oblique. Lynn last appeared on Aug. 9, so he would not be eligible to be reinstated until early October. The regular season ends on Sept. 28.
"[We] just don't think there would be enough time, and the risk was not worth the reward there," manager Tony La Russa said. "It's better if he just heals completely and gets on a good offseason program."
Robinson, meanwhile, completes a lengthy odyssey for a player who last appeared in the big leagues in 2009. He suffered a shoulder separation at Memphis last season, and earlier this year, suffered face and hand injuries in an outfield collision with teammate Andrew Brown. A speedster with a strong arm, Robinson provides an intriguing tactical option for La Russa.
"The last two seasons I had some rough, freak injuries," Robinson said. "I was just trying to stay focused through those and not think about them too much [or] get down. It was a nice surprise. I really worked hard to try to get here."
Triple-A Memphis stayed barely alive in the race for a Pacific Coast League playoff spot, beating Albuquerque, 6-2, on Thursday. Nick Additon pitched six shutout innings.
Charlie Cutler fell a double short of the cycle and Jose Garcia had four hits as Double-A Springfield beat Tulsa, 7-3.
Kevin Siegrist struck out 10 over six innings and Rainel Rosario went 3-for-3 in Class A Palm Beach's 5-4 win against St. Lucie. Siegrist allowed a run on six hits with no walks.
Kolten Wong stayed hot with a homer, two walks and two runs scored in Class A Quad Cities' 8-5 win against Clinton.
Short-season Batavia rallied from a deep early hole but still lost to State College, 7-5. Jeremy Patton was 3-for-4.
Rookie-level Johnson City forced a deciding third game in its first-round playoff series against Danville with a 7-4 win. Kyle Hald pitched seven solid innings, allowing three runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts and two walks.
The rookie-level Gulf Coast League Cardinals are done for the year.
Cutler is the player of the day, edging out teammate Garcia. He was 3-for-5 with three runs, four RBIs, a triple and a homer. On the year, the left-handed-hitting catcher is batting .339 with a .406 on-base percentage and a .490 slugging percentage for Springfield. Cutler, 25, was a 14th-round Draft pick in 2008.
Manager Tony La Russa said that he does not expect pitching coach Dave Duncan to be in uniform at any point during the Cardinals' current nine-game homestand. Duncan has taken a leave of absence to be with his wife, Jeanine, who underwent surgery to remove a brain tumor in late August. Duncan may come to the park during the day at some point during the homestand.
La Russa indicated on Friday that Nick Punto, currently sidelined with a strained left oblique muscle, could return without a Minor League rehabilitation assignment. That's fortunate because Minor League seasons end within the next week. The manager also reiterated that the club expects Eduardo Sanchez to pitch again in 2011.
Kyle Lohse was available in the bullpen for a third straight night on Friday. Lohse will likely throw a side session on Saturday in preparation for a start on Tuesday.
As of the current time, Brandon Dickson is not slated for any additional starts. Dickson will be available as a long reliever within a few days, once he's gotten enough rest after his start on Thursday.
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Obviously, You're Not a Golfer and follow him on Twitter at @MatthewHLeach. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.