The Cards will face the Brewers in the 2nd game of their 3 game series at Miller Park this afternoon. Wainwright, who is 9-6 with a 2.17 ERA, will take the mound against Jimmy Nelson. Nelson, who was scheduled to start the Triple-A All Star Game for the second consecutive year, was called up to replace Marco Estrada. So far he’s pitched in five major league games, including one start for the Brewers last season, allowing one run and two hits in 10 inning.
Meanwhile, Kottaras is expected to be added to the Cardinals roster before today’s game, which will require a corresponding move to be made. Kottaras has a .216 career average in 305 games with 32 home runs and 100 RBI’s. Here’s what John Mozeliak had to say:
“Obviously, the ability to do something quick was something that was definitely driving this. Also, the fact that he’s a left-handed hitter was helpful. For us, we were trying to explore what our options might be and what they looked like. Clearly there were a couple of players that were [designated for assignment] the same day that injury happened to Yadi. I think we were just fortuitous in the sense of the timing. But, now it gives us a little bit of a timeout to keep exploring other things should we need to.”
With our record at 51-43, a win today would tie us for first place with the Brewers. Tune into FSMW at 3:10 to check out the action.