Monday make-up

After a bit of haggling, tonight’s rainout was rescheduled for Monday at 7:15 p.m. CT. The Cardinals would have probably preferred to play on another mutual off-date — Aug. 31.

Both sides had their reasons. The Brewers wanted to leave Aug. 31 open, because filling that date would leave them only two off-days in their final 42 regular-season games. Nobody would say so on the record, but the Brewers would also prefer to play the Cardinals now, while outfielders Rick Ankiel and Ryan Ludwick, infielder Troy Glaus and ace Chris Carpenter are out with injuries.

The Cardinals prefered the later date, both because of those injury concerns and because manager Tony LaRussa had a charity golf tournament scheduled for Monday. Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak met with Brewers representatives after the game was called and the decision to play Monday came shortly thereafter.

Brewers manager Ken Macha will make some pitching decisions on Saturday. Some combination of Yovani Gallardo and Braden Looper will pitch Monday and Tuesday, but the order is not certain.

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