Thompson, who hasn't pitched since May 17 against the Milwaukee Brewers, is on the Cardinals roster primarily to be an innings eater in case a starter has a rough outing and departs early. But since the Cardinals rotation has had a string of strong starts and the team is carrying eight relievers, Thompson has been the odd man out.
STL: RHP Brad Thompson (0-1, 4.30 ERA)
With Kyle Lohse still on the shelf with soreness in his right forearm, the Cardinals will turn to Thompson to make his first start of the season. The Dixie State product won two of his final three starts last year despite an irregular schedule. He's unbeaten in 19 appearances -- four starts -- against the Reds with an ERA of 3.70. Thompson hasn't pitched in a game in over two weeks. CIN: RHP Bronson Arroyo (7-3, 5.12 ERA)
In his first complete game of the season and seventh of his career, Arroyo gave up five hits -- four singles and a double -- with one walk and three strikeouts for an easy 6-1 win over the Astros on Wednesday. He had only 79 pitches through eight innings and finished with 92 pitches. In the start before that vs. Cleveland, he gave up one earned run over eight innings. Arroyo has yet to get a no-decision. He's figured in the outcome of all 10 of his starts. Tidbits
Double-A Springfield pitcher Lance Lynn, a first-round pick by the Cardinals in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, was named the organization's Pitcher of the Month for May. Lynn went 4-0 with a 2.54 ERA in five starts. Class A catcher Charles Cutler was named the Player of the Month with a .410 batting average and 21 RBIs in 26 games. Tickets
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Wednesday: Cardinals (Kyle Lohse, 4-3, 3.98) vs. Reds (Johnny Cueto, 4-3, 2.53), 7:15 p.m. CT
Thursday: Cardinals (Chris Carpenter, 3-0, 0.62) vs. Reds (Aaron Harang, 5-5, 4.19), 7:15 p.m. CT
Friday: Cardinals (Adam Wainwright, 5-3, 3.38) vs. Rockies (Jorge De La Rosa, 0-6, 5.43), 7:15 p.m. CT
B.J. Rains is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.