Clubhouse mostly recovered from vicious virus

Lefty reliever Gonzales, assistant coach Bell still sidelined by stomach bug

Clubhouse mostly recovered from vicious virus

CHICAGO -- The Cardinals' quarantine efforts appear to have mostly stopped the spread of a stomach virus that, according to estimates from manager Mike Matheny, had around 15 players and staff members at less than full strength on Sunday.

By Monday, both Matt Adams and Matt Carpenter had returned to the lineup after a two-day absence. The only player known to be unavailable for the Cardinals' series opener against the Cubs was reliever Marco Gonzales, who was left behind in St. Louis because he was too ill to travel. He will rejoin the team once he shakes the illness.

The Cardinals also will be without assistant hitting coach David Bell on Monday. Bell did travel on the team charter to Chicago but was sent back to the hotel after not showing any improvements while battling the stomach virus for a second straight day.

Matheny said that in his years as a player and manager, he had never before seen an illness spread "that quickly and that violently."

Worth noting

• Gary LaRocque, who interviewed for the vacant D-backs general manager position, informed the Cardinals that he will be staying with the organization. LaRocque joined the Cardinals in 2008 and is currently serving as the director of player development.

• State College Spikes manager Oliver Marmol is expected to join the Cardinals on this road trip to spend a few days working alongside the Major League coaching staff. The Cardinals have already had their managers from Triple-A (Ron Warner) and Double-A (Mike Shildt) do the same thing this month at the conclusion of their respective Minor League seasons.

"I think it's a great reward for them too, just to be able to be in this kind of atmosphere," Matheny said.

• Several Cardinals rookies traveled to Chicago in style after Sunday's game as part of a rookie initiation tradition that has resurfaced over the last few years. Most of the rookies wore Rams cheerleading outfits on the charter flight.

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.