First things first. The ankle injury suffered by Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Ryan Doumit is definitely going to keep him out for at least a month. On Tuesday, we noted that Doumit was the latest to suffer an injury as the result of a collision at home plate and it was originally diagnosed as an ankle sprain. On Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that Doumit suffered a non-displaced ankle fracture, hence the immediate extension of his timetable. Expect at least four weeks for enough bone healing to allow a return to baseball activities, plus additional time to return to catching duties.
Kyle McClellan, P, St. Louis Cardinals: An already thin pitching corps looks as if it is about to take another hit. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that McClellan is likely headed for the DL after being removed from Monday's start with a left hip flexor strain. According to the Post-Dispatch, McClellan indicated that a couple of awkward landings in the first inning resulted in the injury. He's got swelling in the area, and manager Tony LaRussa has said McClellan is going to miss, at the very least, his next scheduled start on Saturday. The hip flexor on a pitcher's lead leg is critical in helping control stability of the trunk over the pelvis during delivery. Swelling in the area will prevent the muscle from firing optimally, so it is not just a matter of pushing through pain, it is equally a matter of being able to perform. The Cardinals have not yet made the roster move but look for it to be in the works.
• The Cardinals may also be losing slugger Matt Holliday to the disabled list for the first time this season, although this is second significant ailment. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Holliday will undergo an MRI on Wednesday to further evaluate his strained left quadriceps that continues to limit him. It might seem strange that a muscle strain could sideline someone longer than an appendectomy, but in reality the muscle recovery is far less predictable.
• Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza is not expected to return from the DL on Friday, the first day he's eligible. Although he is reporting improvement in his elbow (bone contusion), he has yet to throw from a mound. According to ESPN Chicago, that should change Wednesday when Garza is expected to throw a bullpen. If that goes well, he will throw another later this week. Throwing off a mound increases the vigor of the pitch, which will further test how Garza's elbow is feeling.