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Walker To Have Another Cortisone Shot

Larry Walker, who has a herniated disc in his neck, is expected to get a cortisone shot, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

His fourth injection could cause him to miss the weekend series in Milwaukee, but he'd be available against the Astros to close out the season.

"He's going to get these five days to get over it, then he'll hopefully be available for the entire home stand," manager Tony La Russa told the Post-Dispatch. "He's dealt with this before. We believe the timing is right to get it done now. This way he has time to get back and play some before the postseason."


Morris Or Marquis In Game 4?

With plans in place to to set his rotation for the postseason, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa must now decide who will fill the fourth slot.

The Cardinals adjusted their rotation, starting with Cincinnati tonight, to have Chris Carpenter, Mark Mulder and Jeff Suppan for the first three games of the playoffs.

Eventually they'll have to decide between Matt Morris and Jason Marquis, although the coaches haven't talked to either about playoff roles, yet.

"I think it's going to be tough," La Russa told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "It's one of those really good problems to have. It means you have five [good starters]. What that has meant for us to win 90-plus games. If we didn't have five, then we wouldn't have a decision. But if we didn't have five, we wouldn't have 90 [wins] right now.

"The guy who doesn't go into the rotation is going to have a tough pill to swallow. All five guys are very competitive and very proud off their contributions. It's going to be tough to take."

Morris, who was 10-1 on July 4, has gone 4-8 since. He is tentatively scheduled to start Oct. 2, the final game at Busch Stadium. Marquis had only one win in his previous 13 starts before winning three of his last four.


Walker Again Hints At Retirement

Larry Walker, who has strongly hinted at retiring after this season, has fought a herniated disc in his neck throughout the summer. He had a third cortisone shot in July and went on the disabled list for several weeks before returning Aug. 20. When he starts today as planned, it will be the first time since returning that he's started three consecutive days. A fourth cortisone shot is expected to be needed to alleviate the pain for the postseason.

The entire year has "been a challenge," Walker said before Friday's game. The most recent challenge has been accepting that he cannot perform at the MVP and batting-champion level of former years. The neck pain is too restrictive, too prohibitive. Too frustrating, as Walker showed right before hitting the homer.

Via Post-Dispatch

Pujols To Receive Treatment For Plantar Fasciitis

Albert Pujols might miss several games down the stretch to receive treatment on the plantar fasciitis that bothered him last season, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Head trainer Barry Weinberg told the paper that doctors would evaluate Pujols during the coming home stand, and a time may be set for him to undergo a procedure that typically sidelines him for three or four days.


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