10/19/11 1:07 PM ET
Carp admits soreness, but says arm is fine
By Matthew Leach and Jenifer Langosch / MLB.com
Carpenter acknowledged that he had experienced some soreness in his right elbow -- the triceps muscle, a club source said Monday -- following his Game 3 start in the NLCS and that he had received treatment. But he said firmly that he will be fully ready to pitch against Texas at Busch Stadium on Wednesday.
"Coming out of that start in Milwaukee, I've got 200-something innings, 4,000 pitches or whatever and it's the middle of October," he said. "Everybody's got soreness and everybody's got aches. I got some treatment on my elbow. My elbow is fine. Tony [La Russa, manager] and Dunc [pitching coach Dave Duncan] would not throw me out there if it wasn't, and neither would the trainers or doctors.
"I would have been fine to pitch two days ago, or yesterday, whatever day Game 7 would have been, and I'm fine to go Wednesday. I wouldn't go out there if I wasn't. It wouldn't help my team in any way."
Asked a followup question later as to how he prioritized team needs versus his own well being at this time of year, Carpenter repeated his stance.
"I've worked too hard to put myself in any situation or any risk where I'm going to do any damage to myself," he said. "I've gotten to the point where, if I shouldn't go out there, I'm not going to go out there. It's too important to me, it's too important to my team. So I'm fine. OK? I promise. I'm fine."
Westbrook, Schumaker join Cards' WS roster
ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals made two adjustments to their roster prior to Wednesday's Game 1 of the World Series at Busch Stadium. Second baseman Skip Schumaker will be reinstated after missing the National League Championship Series due to a strained right oblique muscle, and Jake Westbrook will be added after sitting out the NLCS.
Adron Chambers and Kyle McClellan will be removed from the roster.
Schumaker suffered the injury in Game 5 of the NL Division Series but said on Tuesday that he feels fully ready to play. He received a cortisone shot on Oct. 11 to relieve the pain, and he does not expect to require another shot.
"I wouldn't put them in a situation if I was 75 percent and another guy was 100 percent ready to go," he said. "We're at a point where we're trying to win a World Series here. I wouldn't jeopardize the team just for selfish reasons to get on the roster."
Westbrook, who was on the National League Division Series roster, has not pitched this postseason, but he has remained stretched out in case he'd be needed. He regularly threw lengthy bullpen sessions over the past week and a half in order to stay ready. The veteran right-hander provides a fallback option in case one of the Cards' starters gets hurt or is ineffective and chased early.
"It was disappointing when they told me that I wasn't on [the roster] last series, and it's exciting [to be on again]," Westbrook said. "It's going to be fun just to be a part of it and have a chance to get in there and compete. I'm definitely pumped and excited."
McClellan made one appearance in the NL Championship Series and allowed one run on two hits in one-third of an inning. He was left off the Division Series roster because of concern about his health, after he battled a case of "dead arm" down the stretch in the regular season. He was informed of the decision by general manager John Mozeliak.
"I kind of saw it coming," McClellan said. "I threw one-third of an inning in a series that the bullpen pitched more than our starters did. So that kind of shows you where you're at. But when Mo told me, I said, 'I understand.' I kind of saw it coming. ... It's what you want to do and be a part of, but I'm convinced that I've put my piece in."
Holliday's injured hand continues to improve
ST. LOUIS -- Matt Holliday's sore right hand feels a little better with every day off the Cardinals get. That showed up in his results as the National League Championship Series went on, as Holliday hit better later in the series.
"I feel pretty good about where I'm at," Holliday said Tuesday. "I think [the off days] have been beneficial to everybody. One playoff game is similar to playing four regular season games just as far as how taxing mentally and physically they can be."
That may not mean Holliday returns to the No. 4 spot in the batting order, though. Manager Tony La Russa did not commit on Tuesday to how he will order Holliday and Lance Berkman. Both have hit fourth and fifth during the postseason as well as the regular season.
La Russa did say, however, that Berkman will start in right field over the right-handed hitting Allen Craig against Texas left-hander C.J. Wilson.
Redbirds' rotation appears set for Series
ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals have set their pitching rotation for the first part of the World Series, and thus far there are no surprises.
Beyond Chris Carpenter, who was the expected starter for Game 1 as soon as the Cards closed out the National League Championship Series in six games, Jaime Garcia will get the start in Game 2. The Game 2 starter is the only pitcher who would pitch twice at Busch Stadium, as he would also be on track to start Game 6. Garcia was much more effective at home than on the road this year and last year.
Tentatively, manager Tony La Russa said that he will use Kyle Lohse in Game 3 and Edwin Jackson in Game 4, both on the road. But he said those assignments are not finalized. Carpenter would then go in Game 5 in Arlington, with Garcia in Game 6 and Lohse in Game 7, assuming those games are needed.
The Cardinals and Major League Baseball have requested that fans arrive early for Wednesday's game at Busch Stadium. The game will feature increased security due to the attendance of dignitaries and special guests, including First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden. Gates will open at 4 p.m. CT, with on-field ceremonies beginning at 6:20.
Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan returned home to tend to his wife, Jeanine, during the club's downtime between the National League Championship Series and the World Series. He will return for Game 1.
Albert Pujols leads all players with 18 hits this postseason, while David Freese leads with 14 RBIs.
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Obviously, You're Not a Golfer and follow him on Twitter at @MatthewHLeach. Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.