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The Cardinals made two important moves on Friday. The first was to activate Ryan Ludwick from the disabled list. After suffering a strained hamstring in Pittsburgh a couple of weeks ago, he was ready to go after about six or seven days. Putting him on the DL was the only move that the Cards could make though, since they were already going with a short bench and they can’t afford to not have Ludwick long term, as Pujols already doesn’t have enough protection in the lineup.
Rather than sending someone down, the Cards decided to finally put Khalil Greene on the DL with what they’re calling social anxiety disorder. Greene contributed a pair of at-bats to drive in game-winning RBI on the last homestand as a pinch-hitter and while that was encouraging, it was still clear that he isn’t himself. He hasn’t really been himself since he arrived in St. Louis or even his last season with the Padres. He could be a huge weapon if he can get things together, so hopefully this little break will help him put the pieces back. The Cards haven’t gotten much offensive production from left side of their infield this season and if the they’re going to compete for the longhaul, this will have to change.