Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

B.U.S.C.H. 4077th: Is Prescription Really Preventive?

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

B.U.S.C.H. 4077th: Is Prescription Really Preventive?

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Don't look now, especially if you're squeamish, but Busch Stadium is "ER." Is there a doctor in the house? Manager Tony La Russa's dugout phone has a one-touch button for 911 speed-dialing.

Another day, more carnage. John Mabry's right knee is ouchy, and he banged it against the outfield fence late in Sunday's hideous 6-4 loss to the New York Mets. Mabry will undergo tests. First baseman Dmitri Young pulled a calf muscle Saturday and remains out. Willie McGee (leg) can hit but is unable to run or play the field.

La Russa refuses to admit it, but he ran out of players Sunday as the Mets slithered off to Gotham with a weekend sweep. La Russa had to send weak-hitting Mike Gallego up to bat in the ninth inning, with the Cardinals down by two runs against nasty Mets closer John Franco. Part of this is La Russa's fault, because he recently opted to go with 12 pitchers instead of adding an extra position player. That will change. If Mabry sits, he'll be the 16th Cardinal to miss time because of injuries, and the season is 36 games old. The list is 17 if we count near-Cardinal Andy Van Slyke, who went lame late in spring training. Does Barnes-Jewish have a group rate? Right now, 10 guys are hurt and the Cardinals have reversed course, lagging at four games under .500. At least losing is a chronic illness in the National League Central, baseball's worst division. That's why the Cardinals are hanging in the race. Of course, bad-hands defense also is a major problem. And injuries or no injuries, this team needs to score more than seven runs in a three-game series against the Mets. There are strained feelings, too. La Russa was especially grouchy after Sunday's giveaway. At one point La Russa asked a Channel 2 reporter "DID I STUTTER?" when the TV guy repeated a question the manager declined to answer. The trainers should put an ice pack on Tony's head. He could use it. "I've been on clubs where guys were lost early, but this is excessive," La Russa said. …

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