06/12/10 9:45 PM ET
Suppan will rejoin Cardinals next week
By Barry M. Bloom / MLB.com
Rotation questions remain for Cardinals
PHOENIX -- With Jeff Suppan coming on board officially shortly and Brad Penny and Kyle Lohse on the shelf, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is just trying to fill in the blanks in his rotation behind Adam Wainwright and Chris Carpenter.An MRI showed that Penny is healing from a strained muscle behind his right shoulder, but Lohse's return is way down the road as he mends from May 28 surgery on his right forearm. Penny went on the 15-day disabled list on May 22, and Lohse is on the 60-day list. Jamie Garcia has done well in his 12 starts and has a 6-2 record with a 1.49 ERA after winning a 5-2 decision over the D-backs at Chase Field on Friday night. Adam Ottavino made his third start on Saturday after being recalled on May 29, but didn't make it through four innings in his latest effort. Where Suppan fits at this point is anybody's guess. The whole starting rotation was part of the discussion as La Russa, pitching coach Dave Duncan and general manager John Mozeliak met for 40 minutes before the game to discuss Suppan's signing. "I don't want to make statements I can't back up," La Russa said. "I do know we'll give the ball to Jeff and we have a few days off in there. I'm not going to just roll guys over. We'll see what makes the most sense as we move along."
Duncan detects flaw in Suppan's motion
PHOENIX -- It took one look at Jeff Suppan throwing off a mound at Chase Field on Saturday for renowned Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan to notice some flaws.Suppan, who the Cards are expected to add to their active roster in the coming days, will likely start against the Mariners on Tuesday night in St. Louis. "Dunc knows his delivery and they work very well together," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "So let's just leave it at that." Suppan started his first two appearances of the season for the Brewers, but was yanked from the starting rotation after allowing 10 runs (nine earned) on 10 hits in 9 1/3 innings. His last 13 appearances came out of the bullpen, where he was equally ineffective, allowing 16 runs (15 earned) on 29 hits in 19 1/3 innings. Suppan said he is more than willing to make any of the adjustments Duncan suggests in his delivery. "A lot of the suggestions totally made sense," Suppan said. "In a lot of my pitches, I was able to implement what they were telling me. And then you fall back on the [bad] habits you've created in over a year or a month or whatever. So I felt that I was able to accomplish what we discussed."
Cards' Ryan trying to shake slump
PHOENIX -- Cardinals shortstop Brendan Ryan was hoping that his three-run homer on Friday night might just be the elixir to shake him out of a nasty slump. Ryan's homer, coming in the seventh inning of a 5-2 victory over the D-backs at Chase Field, off Rodrigo Lopez proved to be the game decider and snapped an 0-for-16 drought.Still, Ryan went into Saturday's game hitting .204. "It doesn't feel like 0-for-16. It feels like [0-for-] 3,044," Ryan said Friday. "It's just incredibly frustrating. I'm trying to stay positive, trying to just separate each at-bat. But when you're just not getting any results, it's not fun at all." Manager Tony La Russa said he was happy for Ryan and hoped that his second homer of the season will "jump-start him." Ryan said that he hoped that snapping a four-game losing streak would help get the Cardinals going. "As a team, you haven't seen the real Cardinals yet," Ryan said. "I'm looking forward to that. One through nine, we haven't clicked yet."