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Cardinals add two right-handed relievers to NLCS roster

Oct 9, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

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The Brewers made no changes to their 25-man postseason roster heading into Sunday’s NLCS Game 1. The Cardinals were a littler bit busier.

According to B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest, the Cardinals have added right-handed relievers Kyle McClellan and Lance Lynn for the NLCS while dropping Skip Schumaker and Jake Westbrook.

Lynn is finally recovered from a severe oblique strain that cost him the final two months of the regular season, and McClellan is over the dead arm phase that plagued him in late September. Schumaker strained his oblique during Friday night’s thrilling Game 5 victory over the Phillies and probably won’t be available even if the Cardinals advance to the World Series. Westbrook, a starter during the regular season, was not used once in the NLDS.

Asked why he opted not to add a position player (like Tyler Greene) in place of Schumaker, Cards manager Tony La Russa told reporters that he’s aiming to neutralize Milwaukee’s dangerous right-handed bats.

  1. spudchukar - Oct 9, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    Starting to wonder about Westbrook. Injured? In the doghouse? Or just the odd man out. If Lynn can pick up where he left off after his injury he can be a real plus. McClellan struggled down the stretch, but was dealing with an overburdened arm. Hopefully, the rest has cured that.

  2. stlducks - Oct 9, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    smart move. Westbrook is worthless in the pen.

  3. cintiphil - Oct 9, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    We saw Lance Lynn playing the Reds. He looks very good from here. I don’t know why he wasn’t on the roster until now, but he shut down the Reds very easily. I think he won the game too. Where did he come from?

    • Meg - Oct 9, 2011 at 2:57 PM

      He’s been injured the past month or so (oblique?).

      And yes, he looked great before then. Great stuff, and great control. Exactly what you want coming out of the pen.

    • bpomeroy6923 - Oct 11, 2011 at 3:22 PM

      he had oblique muscle strain after coming up to cards from memphis,tn AAA club wnt on DL after pitching in couple of cards relief innings….was a starter in memphis and is VERY good pitcher….we will see alot more of him i feel as we go deep in playoffs and in 2012

  4. Meg - Oct 9, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    I was hoping the additions would be Lynn and Eduardo Sanchez.

    McClellan has been a batting practice pitcher the last six weeks. If he comes in, especially with runners on base, a multi-run inning may ensue…

    • fearlessleader - Oct 9, 2011 at 3:25 PM

      I’m a little surprised at the omission of Sanchez as well. Though he only made one appearance after coming off the DL, he looked like he had his lock-down stuff back; maybe the arm’s not as solid as it seemed to be. I’m delighted to see Lance Lynn back and hoping that McClellan’s main function, if indeed he’s still serving up junk, will be to mop up irredeemable messes in order to spare the other arms in the pen.

      • Meg - Oct 9, 2011 at 3:29 PM

        McLellan since 9/1: 12 appearances, 54 batters faced, 11 batters with either a walk or a home run. (1.032 OPS against).

        He pitched great out of the pen in 2010, but I wonder if all the innings in the rotation prior to the acquisition of Edwin Jackson has worn him down… he doesn’t seem to have velocity, movement, or command.

      • paperlions - Oct 9, 2011 at 3:56 PM

        I wasn’t surprised by the omission of Sanchez….just disappointed. Sanchez stuff is way better than McClellan or Lynn

  5. alexandercartwright - Oct 10, 2011 at 3:15 AM

    Former Cardinal and current 101 ESPN radio analyst Chris Duncan says that Jake Westbrook has a broken toe

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