Adenhart's driver was DUI too

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From the O.C. Register:

An autopsy report showed Courtney Frances Stewart had a
blood-alcohol content above the legal limit for someone her age when
the car she was driving was struck by an alleged drunken driver on
April 9, prosecutors said . . . Toxicology tests conducted by the
Orange County Coroner showed Stewart had a blood-alcohol content of
.06, said Deputy District Attorney Susan Price. The legal limit in
California for drivers under 21 is .01, while the limit for drivers 21
or older is .08.

There’s a self-serving quote from the defendant’s lawyer, in which he
says that this new information is “a big revelation.” Hardly. The fact
that Stewart was over the legal limit for people under 21 only means
that she could, if she were still alive, be charged with DUI. Her being
under the influence, however, does not mean that she did anything to
cause the crash, and for Gallo’s lawyer to push that defense would
require some evidence, beyond her mere BAC, that Stewart’s driving
contributed to the collision. The evidence that has been reported so
far, however, suggests that the driver of the other car, Andrew Gallo,
was driving at a high rate of speed and ran a red light while sporting
a blood-alcohol content of at least .19 (his reading two hours after
the crash). Jurors will be taking all of that into account. They won’t
simply look at the BAC levels of the drivers, throw their hands up in
the air and say “well, both were drunk, no harm, no foul.”

This same type of situation, you may already know, is at play in the Jim Leyritz case.
There, the driver who was killed was likewise over the legal limit.
Leyritz’s lawyer is apparently going to present evidence that her
driving, and not Leyritz’s, is what led to the accident. The BAC levels
will be relevant for that inquiry, but the matter of who ran the red
light and how they were otherwise driving is going to be far more
relevant.

Jon Lester to miss one or two starts

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Jon Lester had a terrible outing yesterday, allowing nine runs — seven earned — and leaving the game before he could complete two innings.Lester entered the afternoon with a 3.99 ERA. He exited with a 4.37 ERA. Later the Cubs said that Lester was suffering from left lat tightness.

The Cubs are now saying that Lester will miss 1-2 starts. They are sending him to see Dr. Stephen Gryzlo for a more in-depth exam, and it’s possible Gryzlo will determine the injury is more serious, but at the moment the assessment seems cautiously optimistic.

Mike Montgomery will fill in for Lester for the time being.

Adam Wainwright ain’t right

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Adam Wainwright was knocked out of yesterday’s game against the Pirates, allowing five runs on seven hits in three innings. For the second straight start his velocity suffered as well, with his fastball sitting in the mid-80s. This is not the Adam Wainwright the Cardinals are accustomed to and not the one they need. So they’re going to try to figure out what’s wrong. Wainwright, Derrick Goold of the Post-Dispatch reports, is headed back to St. Louis to meet with team doctors about his arm.

One wonders if this isn’t one start too late, given his struggles in his last outing and given that he said after that outing that he’s dealing with some pain on the outside of his elbow/triceps area. He did say, in the team’s defense, that that is a problem he’s dealt with in the past and that it has always gone away on its own. Still, it hasn’t always been accompanied by a velocity reduction, so this could be more worrisome. Also in the Cards’ defense: Wainwright is a 12-year veteran who has a way better handle on his own body than some kid might, so it’s understandable that they gave him the benefit of the doubt.

Still: concerning. The Cardinals are in a dogfight for the NL central and, while 2017 Adam Wainwright isn’t the same pitcher he used to be, having him around for the stretch would be preferable.