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Pitching coach Dave Duncan away from Cardinals due to personal reasons

Aug 22, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

Dave Duncan, Jaime Garcia, Yadier Molina

St. Louis was without Dave Duncan all weekend after the pitching coach left the team due to an undisclosed personal matter.

Duncan’s son, Cleveland bench player Shelley Duncan, also left the Indians for the same reason.

Bullpen coach Derek Lilliquist filled in for Duncan as pitching coach as the Cardinals lost two of three games to the Cubs, but the pitching staff was hardly to blame while allowing a total of just 10 runs in the three-game series.

Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the Cardinals are unsure when Duncan will be back with the team.

UPDATE: The team announced that Duncan’s wife underwent a “major surgery” and he’ll be gone “for an indeterminate amount of time.”

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 22, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Anyone else notice that King Albert is up to .289 after hitting .353 the last 10 games? If he keeps this up, he’ll be over .300 by September 1st.

    • The Baseball Idiot - Aug 22, 2011 at 11:23 AM

      Two people didn’t like that comment. Look at the Cub fans sticking together.

      • Alex K - Aug 22, 2011 at 11:34 AM

        A lot of Cubs fans think Albert would look great in blue pinstrips next year. I doubt that it’s us thumbing that one down.

      • The Baseball Idiot - Aug 22, 2011 at 11:48 AM

        Never gonna happen, Alex.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 22, 2011 at 11:55 AM

        I think that the thumbs were down because the first post was off topic. Someone in the Duncan family has a serious problem. Good wishes to the family.

      • Utley's Hair - Aug 22, 2011 at 12:20 PM

        No matter what Fiorentino says about anything has a good chance of being unpopular, whether it’s warranted or not. He knows that and doesn’t care.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 22, 2011 at 1:31 PM

        Thanks UH…you are 100% correct. And for PC, this is true, but I figured rather than speculate on what’s happening with the Duncan family, I would continue a debate from about 10 days ago when somebody “doubted” that Pujols would get to .300 by the end of the year because he was hitting .277 and needed to hit like .353. Well, he’s been hitting .353 and he’s halfway there.

        In other words…don’t doubt King Albert…dude’s a beast.

        And of course, whatever is going on with the Duncan family, I wish them well. But I don’t like those stories where you have to speculate…like what happened with Maclin the entire off-season.

  2. Utley's Hair - Aug 22, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Hope everybody and everything is okay in the Duncan household.

    Shelley needs to get back soon so Mookie Calcaterra has someone to taunt.

  3. okwhitefalcon - Aug 22, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    Let’s hope all is getting worked out and both Dave and Shelley are back soon.

    the real question is this – how long will this thread go before someone (the usual suspect) turns this into an anti TLR thread?

    • paperlions - Aug 22, 2011 at 2:41 PM

      You rang?

      • Utley's Hair - Aug 22, 2011 at 2:52 PM


      • okwhitefalcon - Aug 22, 2011 at 3:35 PM

        And you picked up.

  4. cptnew1 - Aug 22, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    Best wished to the Duncan family. In his absence there has been a Derek Lilliquist sighting.

  5. fearlessleader - Aug 22, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    The Cards are reporting that Duncan’s wife (and Chris and Shelley’s mother), Jeanine, underwent major surgery that will require rehabilitation and further tests.

  6. hittfamily - Aug 22, 2011 at 11:45 PM

    Derek Lilliquist

    I clearly don’t follow the Cards. I remember him from the Braves in the early 90’s. There is some reason I know him, but don’t remember why.

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