05/12/2013 6:33 PM ET
Maness looking comfortable out of Cards' bullpen
By Steve Overbey / Special to MLB.com
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis right-hander Seth Maness didn't know what to expect when he was called into the office of Memphis Redbirds manager Ron Warner on April 28.
The Cardinals Triple-A affiliate had just completed a doubleheader with Nashville and the team was headed to Albuquerque, where Maness was slated to start.
"I wasn't sure what they wanted," Maness said.
To his shock, Maness was told that he would be joining the Cardinals in St. Louis the next night for a game against Cincinnati.
"Caught me totally off guard, really took me by surprise," he said.
Now, 13 days later, Maness has taken the NL by surprise.
The 24-year-old is 2-0 and has not allowed a run in three appearances. Most importantly, he is getting the job done in an efficient manner.
Maness has thrown 18 pitches and recorded 10 outs. He has induced three double plays. The Pinehurst, N.C., native recorded five outs on his first eight pitches in the Major Leagues.
"This whole thing has been pretty surreal," he said. "I must have a little luck on my side. I'm in the right place at the right time, I guess."
Maness, who compiled a 2-2 mark in Memphis, is still in a dream world.
"This whole thing is pretty surreal," he said. "The nerves are still there a little bit."
Maness threw two-thirds of an inning on May 4 in Milwaukee and picked up his first win when the Cardinals rallied for a 7-6 victory.
Descalso glad to have backup pink bat for mom
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis infielder Daniel Descalso picked the wrong time for a broken bat.
Descalso led off the ninth inning of Sunday's 8-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies by shattering his special one-day-only pink bat on a pinch-hit double to left field.
It was his first pinch-hit of the season in three tries, but it also destroyed one of his two souvenir sticks.
"I hardly ever break a bat," he said. "Bad timing, I guess."
One of several St. Louis players to use a pink bat on Mother's Day, Descalso was not in the starting lineup and figured he would be able to save both of his commemorative bats.
He didn't count on snapping one of the twigs for one of the few times in his career.
The head of the bat ended up near the third-base side of the pitchers mound.
But at least Descalso had a backup plan.
"Mom is going to get the other one," he said.
St. Louis outfielder Jon Jay went 1-for-3 with a pink bat. Ty Wigginton had a pinch-hit single with the pink stick in the ninth.
Starting pitcher Jaime Garcia, who also used a pink bat, was 0-for-2.
"It's always fun to do something in honor of your mom," Jay said.
Holliday back in lineup after injury scare
ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday was back in the starting lineup on Sunday after missing the final inning of Saturday's 3-0 win over Colorado.
Holliday stumbled slightly when hitting the first-base bag on an eighth-inning groundout on Saturday.
"He told me before he left last night that he was going to be fine," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. "This morning, he checked out fine. I think it just scared him a little bit."
Holliday entered Sunday's series finale against the Rockies hitting .273 with five homers and 21 RBIs.
Steve Overbey is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.