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Skip Schumaker hoping to be available if Cardinals reach World Series

Oct 11, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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In removing Skip Schumaker from the NLCS roster because of an oblique injury the Cardinals initially expected him to miss the remainder of the playoffs, but now the utility man is hoping to be available if they reach the World Series.

“There’s been a lot of improvement from then to now,” Schumaker told Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. “I wouldn’t have been as optimistic two days ago, or even yesterday, but if it continues to improve at this rate I think there’s a very good chance.”

Of course, Strauss notes that Schumaker “has yet to swing or throw since injuring himself” in Game 5 of the NLDS, so he’s far from a sure thing unless Tony La Russa decides to go the same route Jim Leyland did by playing a clearly still-injured Delmon Young.

In his absence the Cardinals started Ryan Theriot at second base in Game 1 and Nick Punto at second base in Game 2, with Jon Jay playing center field in both games.

  1. cintiphil - Oct 11, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Another hope beyond hope comment. You people already have the brewers losing in 5. This series has a long way to go, and I think the Brewers will bounce back just as the birds did in game 2. They have a powerhouse team, and with a still shaky Cardinal staff, they can explode just anytime to beat you. I still look for the Brewers to take the series maybe in 7 if not in 6. Has anyone noticed that Holliday is not driving the ball as he used to? it is fine to hit a single or two for Punto, but you expect Matt to do some damage as did Albert. He still may not be 100%.

    • thefalcon123 - Oct 11, 2011 at 11:47 AM

      Jeez dude, mellow out. The story says *if* the Cardinals make the world series. Key word is *if*.

      As far as the Fielder story goes, it is entirely possible that it will be his last game in Milwaukee, just as it’s possibly he will have 5 more.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 11, 2011 at 2:30 PM

      What are you talking about? Did I miss something? “You people already have the brewers losing in 5.” Who said and/or infered this? The series is tied up 1-1. The Regular season series was ALSO split a 9 games a piece. Sounds pretty much like a dog fight to me. You are usually pretty sensible Cincy. What gives?

      • cintiphil - Oct 11, 2011 at 4:36 PM

        I have to admit that I picked the Brewers to win in April, before the season started. But the talk all day is about how they were hammered on Monday. That is only one game, and I caution not to write them off as many on T-V are doing. Just the suggestion that it may have been Fielder’s last game in Milwaukee says that the birds will win three straight in St. Louis. I think they are a long way off doing that, so hold on, the Brew Crew will bounce back, and we will see Fielder back in Milwaukee this post season. That’s all.

  2. kiwicricket - Oct 11, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    I’m hoping to be available also…

  3. spudchukar - Oct 11, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    With 3 of the 4 Ranger starters hurling from the south side, I doubt if his playing will be much of a factor if and it is still a big “if”, the Cards and Rangers meet. Plus with the way the Brewers and Rangers can hit it might behoove the Cards to continue with the extra reliever, and in the WS case, perhaps add Sanchez and drop Chambers, or perhaps even go the Tony Cruz route.

  4. bravesman1983 - Oct 11, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    Even if he doesn’t play another game this season, Schumaker’s scrappy, gritty attitude toward trying to return from an injury should be good for at least one more win . . . right?

    • spudchukar - Oct 11, 2011 at 12:56 PM

      No one has been more critical of the playing time Schumaker gets than me, but credit should go where credit is due, and Schumaker’s 1.400 OPS in the 2011 post-season should not go unrecognized. Coupled with Theriot’s 1.400 NLDS, and Punto’s .800 NLCS (plus numerous outstanding defensive plays), it probably isn’t the best time to be making scrappy, gritty jokes.

      • paperlions - Oct 11, 2011 at 1:16 PM

        Yeah, these guys have played well down the stretch, mostly (TOOTBLAN will jump up and bite you from time to time)….Theriot has actually been not horrible as a defender at 2B (much better than Skip), and his ABs have been much better since he has been more of a platoon player…his ABs look more like he did in Aprile, when he was surprisingly (to me) good.

        Really, the whole team has been putting in good ABs and playing solid D…not giving anything away, it has been fun to watch.

      • bravesman1983 - Oct 11, 2011 at 2:34 PM

        There is never a bad time to make scrappy, gritty jokes. Never.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 11, 2011 at 2:34 PM

      No…but the fact you can plug him into virtually any Outfield position plus second base sure doesn’t hurt huh? Not to mention he has been flat out stroking the ball in the postseason. Those things should help. . .right?

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