PHILADELPHIA -- After some thought, despite a five-game stretch in which Adam Wainwright has gone 3-1 with a 1.73 ERA in 36 1/3 innings pitched, the Cardinals have decided to stick with their normal rotation and exploit a day off on Monday.
"We're going to stay with the rotation the way it is," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "Obviously, any time you are in the dog days and you can get your guys some rest, it makes sense. There are a couple of guys in our rotation we've been concerned about stacking too much on them, so the day off helps."
There is also the impending return of Jaime Garcia, who will make one more rehab start before his scheduled return on Aug. 19 against Pittsburgh. Garcia looked good in his latest rehab start despite allowing five runs in six innings. In that effort, he threw just 75 pitches and he certainly could have been aided by a break or two that went his way.
"If we were to bump everybody up, we'd be using [Garcia] on short rest in his first start," Matheny said. "So that doesn't work out to well. This keeps him on his regular day as well."