Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mujica Is Held out of Action

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mujica Is Held out of Action

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CHICAGO * With save situations brewing both Saturday and Sunday, Edward Mujica was nowhere to be found in the Cardinals' bullpen, other than sitting on the bench in front of the box-seat railing.

This was a bit unusual inasmuch as Mujica has all 31 saves recorded by anybody still with the Cardinals (departed Mitchell Boggs had two). But Mujica didn't pitch at all in the three-game series after working two innings three times in a four-game span.

"Yesterday and today he was shut down," said manager Mike Matheny, who didn't reveal that before the game.

"I don't like giving that information out early," said Matheny.

Matheny said Mujica, who has appeared in 51 games, wasn't sore as much as he was "really fatigued."

"We had to back him up a couple of times with extra-inning games and having to go multiple innings," said Matheny. "That's just not something he was ready for."

In none of Mujica's first 48 appearances did he pitch two innings. Then, in his next three, he worked two innings each time, averaging 27 pitches per outing.

Trevor Rosenthal stood by as the Cardinals' closer Saturday and finished up Sunday although when he walked two hitters in the ninth, Seth Maness and Randy Choate got up, but not Mujica.

"Today was a much, much better day and we probably could have thrown him," said Matheny. "Had to err on the side of caution.

"If he's just a little bit sore, we've got to pay close attention. But it's been sore in a good spot, if there is such a thing. I expect him being full-go tomorrow."

Mujica, in his first season as the closer, said he would be ready tonight in Milwaukee.

"I'm OK," he said. "I'm feeling better. It's not sore, but it's like I'm a little tired.

"I prepare for just one inning, maybe five outs. But three times ... two innings. It was good to get three days' (rest) and I'll be ready to roll (tonight)."


Shortstop Pete Kozma, nothing for his last 15, did not start for the third time in the last four games on Sunday. …

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