Brewers manager Ron Roenicke is hopeful third baseman Aramis Ramirez can return to the lineup on Saturday after sitting out his second game in the last week with a sore left wrist. Ramirez received a cortisone shot on Thursday, and he hopes the veteran third baseman can play pain free from here on out. "He's been fighting this thing for a while, and it doesn't look like it's going to go away," Roenicke said. "I've tried to give him a day off, and it doesn't seem to completely get rid of it. Hopefully he won't have to deal with it the rest of the year." Cardinals: Furcal, Molina back in lineup Friday
The Cardinals returned two important pieces of the puzzle on Friday, as Rafael Furcal (lower back stiffness) and Yadier Molina (right thumb bruise) came back after short breaks. Furcal wanted to play against the Rockies earlier this week, but he didn't return until team physician Dr. George Paletta cleared him in St. Louis. For Molina, an X-ray confirmed he didn't have a fractured thumb from sliding into first base on Wednesday. Instead, he was diagnosed with a bone bruise, which was a big relief for Molina. "It feels OK," Molina said. "I was thinking it was something worse. Thank God it's only a bruise." While Furcal struggled in his return, Molina went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. That likely wasn't a surprise to Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, who said before the game he never likes to see Molina come to the plate. "He's very difficult to pitch to because there's no main holes that you can go to consistently," he said. "You may get him out one time on a fastball, then the next time you try to go there and he may take you deep." Worth Noting
The Brewers dropped to 18-31 on the road with Friday's loss. They'll need a win Saturday to avoid losing their 12th road series of the season. Despite beating the Brewers in the National League Championship Series, the Cardinals are on track to have a winning regular season record against Milwaukee for the first time since 2007.