DENVER -- Two brutal losses at Coors Field notwithstanding, the Cardinals bullpen has been a strength this year. Even so, there's always room for added depth. So manager Tony La Russa said Thursday that he's pleased with two recent Minor League additions by the St. Louis organization.
On Wednesday the Cardinals signed right-hander Mike MacDougal, a former All-Star with the Royals and the closer for the Nationals for parts of the 2009 season. That followed the addition of lefty Renyel Pinto, formerly of the Marlins. Both are relieving for Triple-A Memphis.
"[MacDougal] has got a dynamite arm," La Russa said. "I never liked to see him come in a game. We got a couple of interesting guys, him and Pinto. Those guys have talent, if they're healthy."
Neither is likely to be making his way to St. Louis soon, but both are intriguing additions offering additional depth should the big league relievers falter or get hurt.
Reyes ready for action after illness
DENVER -- A day after he was unavailable due to illness, Dennys Reyes was considered able to pitch for the Cardinals on Thursday afternoon at Coors Field.
Reyes said Wednesday night that he has been dealing with an infection for a few days. As a result, he was not considered "hot" for the Cardinals in their 8-7 loss to Colorado that night. On Thursday, however, he was in better shape.
"I don't think he feels as sick as he did yesterday," manager Tony La Russa said. "So my guess is he's OK."
Reyes, 33, has a 3.70 ERA in 37 appearances for the Cardinals this year. He's struck out 18 and walked 15 in 24 1/3 innings.
DENVER -- Brendan Ryan got the start over Tyler Greene at shortstop on Thursday primarily due to his defensive advantage. With Chris Carpenter on the mound, manager Tony La Russa wanted his best defensive team on the field. ... La Russa said that the Cardinals will likely wait until after the All-Star Game to sort out exactly how they'll align their rotation to start the second half. Carpenter and Adam Wainwright are both on the National League roster, and it's likely that at least one will pitch in the game. ... The Cardinals have not won a series at Coors Field since 2006.
Mike Folli was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, but that was all the offense for Triple-A Memphis in a 7-2 loss to Round Rock on Wednesday. Brandon Dickson saw a hot streak come to an end, allowing five runs in five innings. ... Double-A Springfield was off on Wednesday. ... Class A Palm Beach thumped Jupiter, 9-3, as five players had multi-hit days, six players drove in at least one run and eight of the nine starters had a run, an RBI or both. ... Class A Quad Cities' game against Clinton was suspended in the fourth inning, but before the rains came, Shelby Miller was dominating. The right-hander struck out seven in three perfect innings. ... Short-season Batavia was off. ... Romulo Ruiz went 2-for-4 with three RBIs, helping rookie-level Johnson City beat Bluefield, 5-4.
Ruiz is the player of the day. His three-run double in the fifth was the game-winning hit for Johnson City, and he also had another double and scored a run. Ruiz, a 20-year-old third baseman, signed with the Cardinals as a non-drafted free agent out of Venezuela in 2006. He's batting .283 with a .377 on-base percentage and a .434 slugging percentage for Johnson City this year.
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.