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ST. Ed Davis Jersey . LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals will have to make do without All-Star second baseman Matt Carpenter for an extended period. Theyve struggled plenty even with Carpenter in the lineup.Carpenter was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday with a strained right oblique, and theres no set timetable for his return.Manager Mike Matheny said he delivered the sermon that this isnt a rehab that can be rushed. He recalled having the same injury as a player and disregarding medical advice, setting him back longer. The Cardinals were 3-5 and trying to avoid a four-game sweep by the Pirates in the finale of a nine-game homestand.Carps going to have to be careful with this, Matheny said. Its going to take those two weeks at the very minimum.Greg Garcia batted leadoff in place of Carpenter on Thursday and Kolten Wong was at second base. Wong was the starting second baseman at the beginning of the season, but Carpenter moved from third base to second base when Jhonny Peralta returned from thumb surgery.Jedd Gyorko, expected to compete for playing time at second base and shortstop before the season started, also figures to get plenty of work.The Cardinals are set at shortstop with rookie Aledmys Diaz, who replaced Carpenter as St. Louis lone representative on the All-Star team. Diaz was batting .319 with 12 homers and 44 RBI.The Cardinals purchased the contract of catcher Michael McKenry from Triple-A Memphis. Matheny said the 31-year-old McKenry, who was batting .341 with five homers and 20 RBI, was the best bat available. McKenry had a game-winning homer against Nashville on Tuesday night and has played for Colorado and Pittsburgh.Carpenter, named Tuesday to his third NL All-Star team, is the third St. Louis player in three days to go on the DL, joining Brandon Moss (ankle) and Brayan Pena (knee).Carpenter was among the league leaders in on-base percentage (.420) and slugging percentage (.568). He was batting .298 with a team-leading 25 doubles and 53 RBI to go with 14 homers.Matheny said he told Carpenter to take advantage of rest while he can, and then plan on riding it hard the rest of the way after this and put on the kind of finish hes had here at the start.The manager hoped the rest of the team would see Carpenters injury as a chance to contribute. Diaz got his break when Tommy Pham injured his oblique on opening day, combined with a hamstring injury to Ruben Tejada, and was among the top rookies with a .319 average, 12 homers and 44 RBI.Have a Moss go down? Opportunity. Have a Carpenter go down? Opportunity, Matheny said. What are you going to do with it? Brandon Roy Jersey . Spiller left Week 3s 27-20 loss to the New York Jets with a thigh injury, but fully practiced with the team all week and expects to be ready to go on Sunday. Damian Lillard Jersey . With their top three point guards and Kobe Bryant all sidelined by injury, the Lakers signed Marshall out of the D-League on Friday before their home game against Minnesota. . Francis told several hundred members of the European Olympic Committees that when sport "is considered only in economic terms and consequently for victory at every cost . If it looks like I am flying under the radar for this years Tour de France, that is fine with me.I can understand why thats the thought, especially looking at the calibre of favourites such as Britains defending and two-time champion Chris Froome, my old teammate on the Sky team and still a good friend; Colombian Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Spaniard Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) and even the Italian duo of Fabio Aru and Vincenzo Nibali (both Astana) are also strong contenders for the yellow jersey.Theyve all won grand tours, whether its the Giro dItalia, Tour de France or Vuelta a Espana, to illustrate their class.Me?Well, seventh overall on my grand tour debut, in the 2010 Giro, when I was not a team leader, is my best result; the only time I led a team for a three-week race, for Sky in last years Giro, I had to pull out due to crash injuries in a race that all in all was marred by problems.I have otherwise helped leaders win, such as Contador in the 2011 Giro [a win later stripped off Contador for doping in the 2010 Tour - ed], Briton Bradley Wiggins (Sky) in the 2012 Tour, and Froome in the 2013 and 2015 Tours de France. This years Tour will be my first with BMC, after leaving Sky, and my first as a leader ... or co-leader with American Tejay van Garderen.My goal? It is to be in contention for the podium. Why not? I believe I have the ability and form that includes four top-four finishes in World Tour stage races. Most important though is that I do the best I can possibly can without something outside of my control impacting it.Id be lying if I said there wasnt a bit of nervousness, but I have controlled everything I can to be ready. Im as in good condition as Ive ever been. Ive done the training and reconnaissance; Ive checked out nine of the 21 stages. I have had onlytwo hiccups. The first of those was the gastro that forced me out of the Tour de Romandie in May. Then I lost my podium place at the Criterium du Dauphiné on the last stage when Frenchman Romain Bardet (Ag2r) attacked on the left in the last 400 metres and Irishman Dan Martin (Etixx-QuickStep) went with him when I was on the right and caught in behind Froome and the Sky guys. Bardet and Martin moved up to second and third overall respectively, pushing me from second to fourth. But I still finished feeling very good about where I am for the Tour.Froome: A Mate But A Hard ReadI hear all the talk about how my Tour may be impacted by my friendship with Froomey.There was plenty of it during the Criterium du Dauphiné when people said I raced with him too much rather than against him. But the fact is, during the Tour the same may happen.We may face a situation where there is mutual gain to be shared by racing the same tactics.But that could happen with anybody. You still have to be one of the strongest to be up there in the overall race as I hope or plan to be so long as I can avoid incident or health issues.Even then, that does not mean I wont attack him. If I need to and can, I will.. C.J. McCollum Jersey. But being his mate doesnt mean I will be able to read his mind just like that. Even as a teammate, it was hard. He would say he is feeling good but you didnt know. It is difficult to read his body language. If others are having a bad day, you can tell; but Froomey is a hard book to read.Sure, at the Tour I will have to be a little guarded about what I chat to him about during quieter moments. But truth be known, the Tour is not the time to catch up with mates.Co-leading BMC With Tejay van GarderenAgain, a lot of people will be wondering how myself and van Garderen are going to go as co-leaders on BMC. But we have a good relationship. We have spoken and trained a lot together. We will just have to wait and see where we are placed by the third week.If we are both in the mix and strong, having two of us there should be a good thing.With Sky (Froome) and Movistar (Quintana) being so strong, it should not be BMCs responsibility to take the race on; but if we are both there after they do, it could help us.We like our team thats been selected, especially for the first week when it gets hectic in those early bunch finishes. We have riders like Switzerlands Micky Sch?r and German Marcus Burghardt to protect us from the washing-machine madness of it all. Another is American Brent Bookwalter, one of the most underrated riders who will also be good for the mountains -- where Frenchman Ama?l Moinard should shine. Think how Brent, Burgy, Micky and Ama?l all rode on the BMC team that helped Cadel Evans win the 2011 Tour, and you realise how much man and brain power is there to help Tejay and I. Add Italian Damiano Caruso for the climbs, and Aussie Rohan Dennis and Belgian Greg Van Avermaet, who will also get chances for stage wins, and we have every reason to be excited with our line-up.Nairo Quintana, Alberto Contador, Fabio Aru, Vincenzo NibaliSo, the other major contenders?I can understand why so much has been said of Quintana; I saw why first hand at the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya [that Quintana won]. He was so good. I just dont know how much better he can be other than that because he was flying.Its also been interesting to see Contador race so aggressively, but thats Alberto isnt it?However, I dont think you can gamble with your efforts that much in the Tour. You dont want to be in the red every day. So I think Alberto might have to ride a little more defensive. It doesnt make sense to attack when there are still three Sky guys and Movistar guys riding.I know there is a lot of talk about last years Vuelta winner, Aru; but his teammate Nibali, who won this years Giro, has also flown clean under the radar in Tour reckoning this year.Okay, he says he will be at the Tour to help Aru. But people forget Nibali won the Tour in 2014. He has now just won the Giro. He is coming in with no pressure. He will be dangerous. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' ' 

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