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Cardinals to add Schumaker to WS roster

Posted on: October 18, 2011 6:57 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2011 4:26 pm
ST. LOUIS -- The last thing Skip Schumaker did for the Cardinals was drive in the only run in their 1-0 Game 5 Division Series-clinching win over Roy Halladay.

The next thing he'll do: Play in the World Series.

Schumaker, who missed the National League Championship Series because of an oblique strain, has been added back to the roster for the World Series, which begins Wednesday night.

"I'm 100 percent ready to go," Schumaker said Tuesday. "I feel like I can help the team."

Schumaker is a left-handed hitter, and he didn't start against either of the two left-handed Phillies starters in the first round. Three of the four Rangers World Series starters are lefties, so Schumaker may contribute more off the bench.

He is a likely starter in Game 2, against Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis.

Schumaker was 6-for-10 against the Phillies, but he spent the NLCS on the bench next to injured starter Adam Wainwright.

"I was the biggest cheerleader, with my buddy Adam," said Schumaker, who will likely replace outfielder Adron Chambers on the Cardinals roster.

Wainwright, who had Tommy John surgery in spring training, has called himself the Cardinals' biggest cheerleader all season.

"I could be ready [to pitch] by November, but that doesn't do may any good," Wainwright said. "Maybe a couple of weeks of rainouts would help."

The Cardinals also made a switch in the bullpen, adding Jake Westbrook back to the roster to replace Kyle McClellan.
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