CARDS EXTRAS

Kelly needs two more rehab starts

2014-07-04T13:17:00Z 2014-07-05T23:07:36Z Kelly needs two more rehab startsBy Rick Hummel rhummel@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8196 stltoday.com

Righthander Joe Kelly, out since April 16 because of a left hamstring tear, probably won’t be pitching for the Cardinals until after the All-Star break.

Manager Mike Matheny said Kelly is being programmed for two more starts on the medical rehabilitation program, meaning one more this Sunday and one more next weekend before the All-Star break.

Kelly reached only 49 pitches though he worked four scoreless innings for Class AAA Memphis on Tuesday.

This means that somebody else, such as rookie Marco Gonzales, will be starting the opener of a critical three-game series in Milwaukee on July 11.

Matheny said that he hoped Kelly could be built up to 70 or 80 pitches for his next start for Memphis and then even more for a fourth start.

LYNN IS READY

Pitcher Lance Lynn, who came out of Saturday’s game in Los Angeles after two innings because of a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand, is set to go tonight against Miami at Busch Stadium.

The first day after he was hurt, Lynn was soaking his irritated finger in what was said to be a brownish concoction.

“Pickle juice. All the old remedies. We tried it all,” said Lynn.

Matheny said, “It’s legal. That’s all I know.”

But Lynn said he hadn’t done anything since the first day.

“You’ve just got to let it heal,” he said. “At some point, you’re going to feel it but you’ve got to get through it. I’ve just got to toughen it up. I have blister problems every start. Now that the callous is gone, I don’t have to worry about that ripping off.”

‘WAINO’ ALL-STAR STARTER?

Although staff ace Adam Wainwright will be working the Saturday before the All-Star Game in Milwaukee, Matheny said that wouldn’t preclude Wainwright, 11-4 with a league-leading 1.89 earned-run average, from being a candidate to start the game.

“He’ll be fine,” Matheny said.

But Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw, who was 6-0 in June, will be more well rested by at least one day and possibly three.

CARDS SIGN FOUR DOMINICANS

The Cardinals have begun the international signing period, which opened Wednesday, by reaching agreements with righthanded pitchers Junior Fernandez and Sebastian Nunez, shortstop Starlin Balbuena and second baseman Esequiel Delgado.

Fernandez, 17, will play immediately, joining the Cardinals’ Dominican Summer League team. Balbuena and Delgado, 16, and Nunez, 17, have signed contracts for next season.

EXTRA BASES

Matheny lost his 10th challenge out of 12 when Hunter Pence was ruled to have beaten out a hit in the fifth inning Thursday. Matheny said, “I’m real comfortable with the fact that this isn’t a measure of my success. I’m going to keep fighting for my guys. But how do I get better? Somebody explain it to me. It’s amazing how many get overturned against us and how few go in our favor.”

• San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, a University of Michigan man, met up with fellow Wolverine Matheny after the game.

• Pinch-hitter Shane Robinson, who had dipped to .125 in a nothing-for-15 slide, tripled home a run in the sixth after Jon Jay, who had two hits, beat out his first bunt of the season.

• Seth Maness, who has a 1.47 ERA for his last 14 appearances, got his first hit of the season but was thrown out at home trying to score on Peralta’s fly ball to left in the eighth. “I cost Jhonny an RBI today,” said Maness. “I think I need to put some speed work in my repertoire. I hadn’t been out there (on the bases) in a while. I was like a deer in headlights.”

Rick is a baseball writer/columnist at the Post-Dispatch 

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