Quote of the day: Pujols, the Cardinals, and reinforcements

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“He has always
made it clear that his drive is to win. That’s why he’s the great
player he is. But
you can’t do it alone. He knows that. We know that. He wants to be sure
that we’re going to have a competitive team, and that is our objective
every year. We do have an excellent core of players in place. But we
need to add to it. And not only this year, but down the road,
too. It’s a matter of demonstrating to Albert that we are going to do
that on an ongoing basis.”




– Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. knows he needs to secure some reinforcements for Albert Pujols to remain in St. Louis. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Joe Musgrove shut down with ab discomfort

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Pirates right-hander Joe Musgrove is done for the year after suffering an abdominal wall muscle strain and stress reaction in his pelvic bone. While he isn’t expected to undergo surgery or miss additional time in 2019, he’s been prescribed six weeks of rest before resuming any baseball-related activities.

Musgrove, 25, finished out his third year in Pittsburgh with a 6-9 record in 19 starts, backed by a 4.06 ERA, 1.8 BB/9, and 7.8 SO/9. Despite logging a career-high 115 1/3 innings at the major league level, he’s also been dogged by a string of injuries, from the shoulder strain that robbed him of eight weeks at the start of the season to an index finger infection that kept him sidelined for a minimum 10-day stay on the disabled list in June.

While he works his way back up to full strength yet again, rookie right-hander Nick Kingham is expected to cover for him and will make a spot start during the Pirates’ series finale against the Brewers on Sunday. The 26-year-old righty hasn’t started a single game for the team since August 1, and currently carries a 4.69 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 8.1 SO/9 over 71 innings out of the rotation and bullpen.