Cardinals place Drew on the DL

Monday, July 1, 2002

The St. Louis Cardinals placed outfielder J.D. Drew on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with tendinitis in his right knee prior to the team's game against the Cincinnati Reds.

Drew missed the previous three games, and has not responded to treatment as well as the team had hoped. The move was made retroactive to Friday, and Drew will be eligible to return the day after the team returns from the All-Star break.

On Saturday, manager Tony La Russa said he hoped to avoid making the move.

"We just don't think it's going to get better quickly," La Russa said Sunday. "In the meantime we're losing a spot on the roster and if he played the first part of the week he was still going to be sore.

"We thought, look, now's the time to try to get it well."

The Cardinals recalled utility player Mike Coolbaugh from Triple-A Memphis.

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