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Mike Matheny Talks Leadership, Injuries and Umpires

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St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny argues with homeplate umpire Kerwin Danley before being ejected in the first inning during a game against the Kansas City Royals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on June 16, 2012. St. Louis won the game 10-7. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny argues with homeplate umpire Kerwin Danley before being ejected in the first inning during a game against the Kansas City Royals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on June 16, 2012. St. Louis won the game 10-7. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — The injury riddled Cardinals have seen better days. The cardinals have won 4 of their last 10 games the good news though they are only 4 and a half games out of the division lead and sitting at 500.

KMOX’s Mark Readon and Kevin Wheeler caught up with Card’s manager Mike Matheny who sounded off on a few relevant topics talking injuries, preparation, leadership and umpires.

Skip Shumaker is back and while Matheny was very adamant about the lineup being solid he also said, “more than anything we just need some more of that good leadership and Skip brings so much of that to the table.”

The manager has done a decent job plugging holes so far with key injures coming early. Some good news for the ball club other than Schumaker is that John Jay and Chris Carpenter are on their way back.

Matheny was reluctant to give a time frame, especially on Carpenter since his injury is so unique, but he did say “Chris is still working on his timing to return to the field. he has been doing a good job of staying on top of his strength.”

Matheny also  spoke on a recent squabble with an umpire over what seemed to be bad calls, almost intentionally.

“It’s a tough balance. You want to defend yourself and to sit there and take it with no rebuttal is really hard to do.” Matheny went on to say “I believe that umpires are human and sooner or later they are gonna start trying to stick it to somebody.”

He gave assurance that they were going to fight for it if they feel they were being wrong.

The Cardinals sit in the middle of the division and take on the Tigers on the road tonight with Jake Westbrook going up at against Porcello.

Click below to listen to the entire interview with Mike Matheny.

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