Manager Mike Matheny said the Cardinals have identified something in Victor Marte's pre-pitch routine and delivery that, when fixed, should cut back on the leads baserunners are getting off of him. Marte has allowed three stolen bases in his last two appearances (1 2/3 innings).
"We've picked something up that they're keying off of, and we addressed that [Monday] night," Matheny said. "That's hard for [the catcher] to do anything about it with the jumps they're getting."
Mitchell Boggs was not available out of the bullpen on Tuesday after throwing a season-high 46 pitches Monday night. The last time he threw that many pitches in a game for the Cardinals was in 2009, when he was still being used as a starter.
Boggs hasn't been as sharp this month as he was in April, and he hasn't had much luck either. After allowing four hits, one walk and one earned run in 10 1/3 innings in April, Boggs has given up 11 hits, four earned runs and five walks in 5 2/3 May innings.
"Those things tend to happen when you're falling behind guys and letting them hang around," Boggs said of some of the bad luck. "I think as long as I stay aggressive in the strike zone, I'll be fine. But when you start nibbling, those balls tend to fall a little more than they usually do."
For the second time this year, the Cardinals' Triple-A Memphis has lost nine in a row. Picking up the loss for Memphis on Monday was starter Joe Kelly, who allowed four runs on 11 hits in 6 1/3 innings.
Right-hander Scott Linebrink (right shoulder capsulitis) resumed playing catch on Tuesday. Linebrink was recently shut down after additional inflammation became bothersome in his right shoulder. He will work his way through several days of catch and long toss before returning to the mound.