MINNEAPOLIS, OCT. 15 -- Rookie left-hander Joe Magrane was named tonight to start World Series Game 1 for the St. Louis Cardinals. Magrane made one start during the National League playoffs and allowed four runs in four innings.
He was more effective during the regular season, going 9-7 with a 3.54 ERA. He had four complete games and two shutouts. St. Louis Manager Whitey Herzog had also been considering veteran right-hander Bob Forsch.
"I just decided to go with Magrane," Herzog said. "As nutty as he is, I think he can take the pressure. He's good stuff, and if he's throwing like he can, he can beat anyone."
Cardinals third baseman Terry Pendleton's injury is more serious than first thought, and it appears he'll miss the World Series.
Pendleton suffered a pulled muscle in his left rib cage in the second inning of Wednesday's 6-0 pennant-clinching victory, and Cardinal doctors say the healing time for similar injuries is three weeks or more.
However, Pendleton did swing the bat right-handed during tonight's workout and said he would leave a decision up to Herzog. At the very best, Pendleton could be used as a designated hitter against some right-handed pitchers. But barring a miracle recovery by Pendleton, the Cardinals have lost the National League's best defensive third baseman.
First baseman Jack Clark and Pendleton accounted for 47 of the Cardinals' 94 homers, and their absence would leave Willie McGee (11 homers) as the Cards' No. 1 power man.
"We'll sit down tomorrow and discuss it," Herzog said. "Right now, I'd say it's very questionable whether he'll play at all."
Pendleton said, "It's possible I won't be able to play. I feel I could DH left-handed, but that's all. I just can't throw. It's painful to run, but I can run."
Clark has torn tissue above his right ankle, and doctors have said it'll be another four weeks before the area is completely healed. However, he refused to say he couldn't play in the Series, telling reporters, "It's up to Whitey."
Herzog was more hopeful, saying, "He got better as he went along. He had some good rips, and he'll get some more tomorrow."
Asked whether Pendleton or Clark was more likely to play, Herzog said, "Well, Jack might hit a home run. He's a threat against a left-handed pitcher, but this club only has two of them."
Herzog was already planning to make a roster move to add a ninth pitcher, and it appears that pitcher will be right-hander Lee Tunnell. It's unclear who'll come off the roster.
With Pendleton out, Tom Pagnozzi will probably start against left-hander Frank Viola on Saturday, and Jose Oquendo will play against right-hander Bert Blyleven in Game 2.
If he decides to disable Clark, Pendleton or both, Herzog will ask Commissioner Peter Ueberroth for permission to add David Green to his roster. Herzog said he also might like to add Doug DeCinces, who was signed as a free agent in September, but league rules state that only players in the organization Aug. 31 can be added.
"I'm sure they know we're not trying to pull a fast one," Herzog said. "We've got some guys hurt."
The Cardinals got their first look at the Metrodome during a workout tonight. First impressions? "You can't take your eye off fly balls," right fielder John Morris said. "It's a definite home-field advantage for the Twins, but that's why we're here, to get acclimated to it."