Cardinals cautious with Ludwick's calf injury

Cardinals cautious with Ludwick's calf injury

ST. LOUIS -- With the Cardinals facing off against the Dodgers and Phillies for eight straight games, it appears likely several of the Redbirds' top first-half contributors will miss both series.

General manager John Mozeliak said Ryan Ludwick is "probably" 10 days away from recovering from a strained left calf and David Freese is still two weeks away from seeing game action. Ludwick aggravated the injury June 25 against the Royals, and the Cardinals are being cautious with Ludwick returning too soon.

"We will put him through a rigorous test, and if he passes that ... when we used him in Kansas City, we just don't want that to happen again," Mozeliak said.

After right-handed pitcher Brad Penny suffered a setback in his rehabilitation before the All-Star break, Mozeliak said the timetable for his recovery is once again unclear. Although Mozeliak said he expects Penny will pitch again this season, the general manager makes no promises Cardinals fans will see Penny again in 2010.

"I would say that he will pitch again this season, but eight weeks wrong today, it doesn't serve me well to try and guess again," Mozeliak said.

Mozeliak also said pitcher Kyle Lohse is scheduled to throw his first bullpen session Saturday since being sidelined with exertional compartment syndrome in his pitching arm in May.