Rick Ankiel Decided Not to Risk It
Last night his injury almost cost the team as he singled into right field, but couldn't advance to second as the Phillie outfielders bobbled the ball around because he's not supposed to be running with his abdominal strain. It was a one-run game at the time and Ankiel represented the go-ahead run. The play ended up not costing the Cards when the next batter was hit by a pitch, but it's clear that in his current state, Ankiel isn't much help to his team.
The good news is that Ankiel thinks he'll be ready by Thursday against the Dodgers. The problem is that the Cardinals have two games before then and now they're without Chris Duncan for the rest of the year and finding people that can hit the ball is becomind a critical problem for the Red Birds at the time of year that every game is a little more important than the game before.