Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Notebook: Moss out of Lineup Due to Illness

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Notebook: Moss out of Lineup Due to Illness

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PHILADELPHIA * What National League pitchers had been unable to do lately, influenza did, putting a crimp in Brandon Moss' style.

Moss, the Cardinals' top home hitter with 22 including four in his previous six games, was scratched from the lineup a few hours before Friday's game. As his teammates took batting practice, Moss more or less was quarantined in the training room.

"Most of it was last night and today and he feels better," said manager Mike Matheny. "But we're going to try to keep him away (from the other players) until we need him to come off the bench and do some damage."

Moss did indeed pinch hit in the winning 11th inning Friday, but flied out to center.

Elsewhere on the medical front, Matheny said righthanded reliever Seth Maness, who was presumed to be undergoing Tommy John replacement elbow surgery on Thursday, actually had a ligament repaired and may miss only half of the 12 months, normally associated with the replacement surgery.

Maness, whose surgery was performed by Dr. George Paletta in St. Louis, could be ready to pitch off the mound by the end of next spring training. "It's good news," said Matheny.

Righthander Lance Lynn, who did have Tommy John surgery last November, will make his second rehabilitation start for Class A Palm Beach on Saturday.

WEAVER ASKS, AND LISTENS

Ever since Luke Weaver made his first major league start last Saturday in Chicago, he admittedly has become a sponge. Without trying to be obtrusive, he has made it a point to stick close to veterans Adam Wainwright and Jaime Garcia in the dugout when they aren't pitching.

"Just soaking in their wisdom," Weaver said Friday night before he makes his second appearance on Saturday here. "There's different points throughout the game where they might point something out and they might explain what they'd be doing in that situation.

"You want to be respectful and, obviously, give them their space," Weaver said. 'But when things get brought up, they do a good job of seeking you out and letting you know, as opposed to you always asking.

"They do a great job and I've got to balance that out by not being too shy. …

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