The virus that struck the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday worsened on Sunday–even during the game to the point it affected some potential moves in the bullpen.
“Almost as many unavailable as available, so we had quite a few that just weren’t an option today,” shared Mike Matheny afterwards. “Mostly from illness, some from recent useage.”
As a result, Sam Tuivailala was summoned from the bullpen with two runners on and no outs in the 8th inning. The rookie gave up a 3-run homer to Devin Mesoraco and a solo shot to Jay Bruce to account for the Reds final four runs.
“It’s a tough spot,” acknowledged Matheny, noting there were some other options but not a lot from the right side.
Vomiting and lethargy are a couple of the effects of the virus, which has affected “north of 10” players and coaches according to the manager.
“It’s just something we’re going to have to wade through,” continued Matheny. “Guys are still kind of popping up even mid-game. There were some other guys we weren’t expecting for it to kind of hit and it did. We’re just going to have to try and get through it and weather the storm.”
Matt Adams, who was out of the lineup each of the last two nights, was spotted on the bench but was not available.
“It’s unfortunate, timing’s not great but these things tend to happen at least once a year,” commented General Manager John Mozeliak. “It just has to run its course. It seems to be like a 24-48 hour virus…the next couple of days we’ll have one or two more get sick, but hopefully it ends there.”
Some of those affected might be delayed in traveling to Chicago for the opening of the series tomorrow.