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    Elbow puts Reyes' postseason in doubt: CARDINALS NOTEBOOK
    By Derrick Goold
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    10/02/2005

    Al Reyes, the quiet bedrock of the Cardinals' bullpen this season, felt a pop in his right elbow Sunday and has been all but ruled out of the first round of the playoffs. Whether the righthanded reliever pitches at all in the postseason is in doubt because of the location and kind of injury feared will be found in an MRI today.

    "We have to see how much damage has been done," Cardinals trainer Barry Weinberg said. "The nature of the injury, the swelling he's experiencing, where he's sore - I'm not optimistic that we're going to have anything here that we'll be saying is short-term. Right now, we'll take it series by series."

    Reyes felt the pinch in his elbow on the 23rd pitch of his relief appearance Sunday. On a pitch to Cincinnati's Felipe Lopez, Reyes felt discomfort in the same elbow he had surgically rebuilt in 1995. He did not throw another pitch.

    In 65 appearances this season, Reyes had a 2.15 ERA and struck out 67 in 62 2/3 innings while walking 20. He was the Cards' most effective reliever all season.

    Boasting a sinister changeup that adds illusionary hop to his fastball, Reyes was set to be the Cardinals' bona fide strikeout arm in the bullpen for the postseason. He also would have served as a middle-inning reliever and as the club's fail-safe lefty specialist, if needed. Lefties hit just .184 against him.

    On Friday, he struck out the side with the bases loaded in the sixth inning, a pivotal performance that led to a victory.

    "Sounds to me like the trainers and doctors are concerned, so naturally I'm concerned," pitching coach Dave Duncan said. "I'm going to wait until we hear from the doctors and see what they have to say."

    Righthander Brad Thompson, who received the win in relief Sunday, could fill some of Reyes' middle-relief role in the postseason. The Cardinals have not committed to the makeup of their 11-man pitching staff, though one of the five starters will move to the bullpen.


    Edmonds appearsto be on the mend

    After missing two games with a right shoulder sprain, Cardinals center fielder Jim Edmonds said he expects to be ready for Game 1 of the playoffs on Tuesday. Edmonds injured the shoulder diving for a fly ball Wednesday. It bothered him swinging a bat afterward.

    To mark the moment of Busch's final regular-season inning, Edmonds went out to center to play defense for the top of the ninth.

    "I've heard he should be ready," manager Tony La Russa said. "Don't take anything for granted. I try not to."


    King comes back after visiting father

    Cardinals reliever Ray King returned from Tennessee on Sunday morning, having visited his ailing father for what he believes will be the last time.

    King's father, John King, has been battling a cancer that seeped into his bones. Recently, John King suffered kidney failure, and his son took Saturday to return home.

    "Once the kidney goes, it's pretty much organ after organ," King said. "It was great for me to get home and get that closure and a chance to see him before it happened. ... I feel a lot better. I feel now I have that closure so I can really accept it.

    "Right now, I feel like somebody just lifted a ton of bricks off my shoulders.

    "I don't have to worry about him," King continued. "I know he's ready to go to a better place."

    King said that his father talked a little about baseball when they said goodbye Sunday morning and that his father was telling anyone who was nearby: "That's my son. That's my son."

    King threw to one batter and got the out Sunday in the Cardinals' 100th victory. King retired Cincinnati's imposing lefthanded slugger Adam Dunn on a fly out deep to right on a full-count pitch.


    Son shines for Duncan

    La Russa says he gets chided for not smiling much in the dugout, but pitching coach Dave Duncan smiles even less. Until Sunday. Duncan's son, Chris, a Cardinals' rookie, hit his first major league home run - a 407-foot beam that broke a 5-5 tie and was the final regular-season home run at Busch.

    "My legs were shaking a little bit" rounding the bases, said the younger Duncan. Asked what he'll tell his kids about the homer: "It was about 600 feet. I'm sure I'll exaggerate a little bit."


    Around the finale

    Mike Shannon said he threw the first of his two ceremonial first pitches in the dirt so that it would be marked with the ballpark that is going "in the dirt." The second pitch he kept clean to symbolize the new ballpark. ... Special baseballs were used for Sunday's game. All of them had the Busch Stadium "Final Season" logo stamped on them.


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  • #2
    HUGE loss. Of all the relievers to lose besides Izzy. Damn.
    The post season injury curse continues. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/ph34r.gif[/img]
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    • #3
      We got around others, we can get around this one. Big loss tho

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      • #4
        He was better than Izzy this year...this sucks.

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        • #5
          When is the roster announced?
          Dude. Can. Fly.

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          • #6
            Is Anthony Reyes eligible for the post season roster?

            Anyone think he could end up pitching out of the pen for the playoffs?
            You're being fucking dramatic. You own a TV and an air mattress. That's not exactly what I'd call "a lot to lose."

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            • #7
              Anthony Reyes is eligible, since they called him up to make that spot start in August. I think he's got an outside shot at the roster, and this won't hurt his cause any.

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              • #8
                Elbow puts Reyes' postseason in doubt

                ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
                10/02/2005

                Al Reyes, the quiet bedrock of the Cardinals' bullpen this season, felt a pop in his right elbow Sunday and has been all but ruled out of the first round of the playoffs. Whether the righthanded reliever pitches at all in the postseason is in doubt because of the location and kind of injury feared will be found in an MRI today.

                "We have to see how much damage has been done," Cardinals trainer Barry Weinberg said. "The nature of the injury, the swelling he's experiencing, where he's sore - I'm not optimistic that we're going to have anything here that we'll be saying is short-term. Right now, we'll take it series by series."

                Reyes felt the pinch in his elbow on the 23rd pitch of his relief appearance Sunday. On a pitch to Cincinnati's Felipe Lopez, Reyes felt discomfort in the same elbow he had surgically rebuilt in 1995. He did not throw another pitch.

                In 65 appearances this season, Reyes had a 2.15 ERA and struck out 67 in 62 2/3 innings while walking 20. He was the Cards' most effective reliever all season.

                Boasting a sinister changeup that adds illusionary hop to his fastball, Reyes was set to be the Cardinals' bona fide strikeout arm in the bullpen for the postseason. He also would have served as a middle-inning reliever and as the club's fail-safe lefty specialist, if needed. Lefties hit just .184 against him.

                On Friday, he struck out the side with the bases loaded in the sixth inning, a pivotal performance that led to a victory.

                "Sounds to me like the trainers and doctors are concerned, so naturally I'm concerned," pitching coach Dave Duncan said. "I'm going to wait until we hear from the doctors and see what they have to say."

                Righthander Brad Thompson, who received the win in relief Sunday, could fill some of Reyes' middle-relief role in the postseason. The Cardinals have not committed to the makeup of their 11-man pitching staff, though one of the five starters will move to the bullpen.


                Edmonds appears to be on the mend

                After missing two games with a right shoulder sprain, Cardinals center fielder Jim Edmonds said he expects to be ready for Game 1 of the playoffs on Tuesday. Edmonds injured the shoulder diving for a fly ball Wednesday. It bothered him swinging a bat afterward.

                To mark the moment of Busch's final regular-season inning, Edmonds went out to center to play defense for the top of the ninth.

                "I've heard he should be ready," manager Tony La Russa said. "Don't take anything for granted. I try not to."


                King comes back after visiting ailing father

                Cardinals reliever Ray King returned from Tennessee on Sunday morning, having visited his ailing father for what he believes will be the last time.

                King's father, John King, has been battling a cancer that seeped into his bones. Recently, John King suffered kidney failure, and his son took Saturday to return home.

                "Once the kidney goes, it's pretty much organ after organ," King said. "It was great for me to get home and get that closure and a chance to see him before it happened. ... I feel a lot better. I feel now I have that closure so I can really accept it.

                "Right now, I feel like somebody just lifted a ton of bricks off my shoulders.

                "I don't have to worry about him," King continued. "I know he's ready to go to a better place."

                King said that his father talked a little about baseball when they said goodbye Sunday morning and that his father was telling anyone who was nearby: "That's my son. That's my son."

                King threw to one batter and got the out Sunday in the Cardinals' 100th victory. King retired Cincinnati's imposing lefthanded slugger Adam Dunn on a fly out deep to right on a full-count pitch.
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                • #9
                  Sucks about Ray King's dad. Haven't heard anything about this. Perhaps a reason that his play has suffered recently, with his mind on more important things.

                  Moon

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                  • #10
                    In, but I'll merge them.

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                    • #11
                      QUOTE(pgrote @ Oct 3 2005, 09:15 AM) Quoted post

                      In, but I'll merge them.
                      [/b][/quote]
                      Sorry for the dupe, guys. Thanx for the merge.
                      "Let me lay it right on the line. Bigotry and racism are among the deadliest social ills plaguing the world today. The only way to destroy them is to expose them. If man is ever to be worthy of his destiny, we must fill our hearts with tolerance.- Stan Lee (circa 1968)

                      "Compete less with the person in front of you than the person inside of you." - Anonymous

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                      • #12
                        QUOTE(Moon Man @ Oct 3 2005, 08:13 AM) Quoted post

                        Sucks about Ray King's dad. Haven't heard anything about this. Perhaps a reason that his play has suffered recently, with his mind has been on more important things.

                        Moon
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                        I remember seeing somebody say something about his personal problems, but I thought it was another weight joke. (Really.) Geez, I think this explains a lot. Would like to take back some of those nasty things I shouted at the TV....
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                        --Albert Einstein

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                        • #13
                          Can Al Reyes be brought back for say, the NLCS if he misses the first series, or is the roster set at that point?
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                          • #14
                            QUOTE(bombay @ Oct 3 2005, 08:45 AM) Quoted post

                            Can Al Reyes be brought back for say, the NLCS if he misses the first series, or is the roster set at that point?
                            [/b][/quote]

                            The rosters reset for each series.
                            You're being fucking dramatic. You own a TV and an air mattress. That's not exactly what I'd call "a lot to lose."

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                            • #15
                              hope they bring in the other Reys for the PO's

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