In my last blog I wrote about what I like about the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals. And, there’s definitely more to like than dislike. With that being said, this first part of dislikes took so long that I have to make this blog two parts. It also saddens me. Enjoy!
Reason numero uno: The endless, endless amount of injuries that have become beyond absurd. By now we’re all aware of Wainwright so there’s no point in discussing that subject. We got it. He’s out. For a long time. It sucks. Still got it.
But here’s a list of all the other members of the major league roster who have gone on the DL in the first two months of the season:
1. Nick Punto – he’s been on the list twice. The first time before the season started it was because of a sports hernia. Recently, it’s been a “right forearm flexor strain” according to the Cardinals official website.
2. Bryan Augenstein – Who? Oh yeah, he was one of those pitchers with potential brought up after spring training only to immediately fall with a right groin strain. Apparently that puts you on the 60-day disabled list.
3. Brian Tallet – The Cards lefty insurance reliever went down with a left groin strain. He went on the 15-day DL. Apparently a left groin strain is not as bad as a right groin strain.
4. Skip Schumaker – 15 day, hyper-extended elbow.
5. Allen Craig – 15 day, left groin strain. Seriously, I bet Bryan Augenstein must really be wishing he strained his left groin.
6. David Freese – Poor David Freese, the guy just can’t catch a break. Wait, yes he can. He’s caught several of them. Most recently a broken left hand after getting hit with a fast ball. What really sucks is that when he’s healthy, the guy is clutch and consistently produces. The reason why that sucks is because he’s rarely healthy.
7. Gerald Laird – The Cards backup catcher was a nice surprise off the bench. However this surprise was short lived. He went off the radar after a broken finger.
8. Kyle McClellan – He supposedly has a hip strain. But after transitioning from reliever to starter, and obviously signs of fatigue, I think this is more of a strategic move to keep Mac fresh throughout the season.
9. The biggest one since Waino…the $17 million dollar man, Matt Holliday. This one hurt. He’s kind of a big deal if you don’t know. Luckily, he should be back soon after suffering strained left quadriceps.
Wow. Wow. That is just ridiculous. That’s all I can put at this point. I’ll be back tomorrow. By the way, this is the team that still has the best record in baseball. How’s that for overcoming adversity?