Cardinals ace going to DL to rest shoulder

Published May 30, 2006

ST. LOUIS - The Cardinals expect to place NL Cy Young winner Chris Carpenter on the 15-day disabled list today and are preparing to call up right-hander Anthony Reyes from the minors to take his rotation spot.

"We're expecting to pitch somebody else (today), like Anthony," manager Tony La Russa said Monday. "I just know he's on call and expecting to pitch."

Carpenter, a right-hander, was scratched from his last scheduled start with bursitis in his right shoulder blade.

PRIOR LABORS: Cubs right-hander Mark Prior struggled to get out of the second inning of his rehab appearance for Class-A Peoria. Prior, 25, threw 44 pitches in two innings, giving up four hits and three runs.

"You can only do so much," Prior said. "I've been doing everything I possibly can every day and I just have to let nature take its course."

Prior said he felt he had improved his mechanics, but he reached only 90 mph on the final batter he faced.

GAGNE READY: Dodgers reliever Eric Gagne allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth to earn a save in his second and final rehab assignment for Triple-A Las Vegas. The right-hander threw 11 of 17 pitches for strikes and said he's ready to return to Los Angeles on Thursday.

WOLF TAKES MOUND: Phillies left-hander Randy Wolf struck out five of seven batters in Clearwater in his first extended spring training game since elbow surgery last summer.

CASEY RETURNS: Pirates first baseman Sean Casey , out for more than six weeks with two fractured vertebrae in his lower back, was activated from the 15-day disabled list and started against the Brewers.

MILESTONE FOR BIGGIO: Astros second baseman Craig Biggio became the 23rd player to reach 10,000 at-bats and extended his modern record for being hit by a pitch to 277.