Buried in this story about Khalil Greene going back on the DL is this nugget:
The Cardinals purchased the contract of 24-year-old righty Clayton Mortensen from Triple-A Memphis. That move restores pitching staff to 13 after one day with a dozen following the acquisition of Mark DeRosa from the Indians.
“Restores.” And one whole day with a twelve-man staff? Whatever did the Cardinals do to survive such dire straits? Oh wait, they didn’t. They got killed by the Giants last night. I’m sure the thirteenth man in the pen would have made the difference.
There was a time — I think it was a week ago Thursday — when teams managed to get by with something less than thirteen men in the pen. The greatest trick that Tony La Russa ever pulled was convincing baseball that such a thing was unthinkable.