Wellemeyer has a 5.87 earned run average through eight starts (he is 3-4) and has only 10 perfect innings this season. This begs the question: Is he healthy?
"There's no doubt in my mind that he is," said La Russa. "He's shown enough to where we've got to stay with him."
The Cardinals are 4-9 in 13 games since the night center fielder Rick Ankiel (bruised right shoulder) was hurt and 1-4 since the night right fielder Ryan Ludwick (strained right hamstring) got hurt.
BREWERS 8, CARDINALS 2: The Cardinals assured themselves of their third consecutive series loss by dropping the first two of this three-game set. In their previous two series -- with Cincinnati and Pittsburgh -- the Cardinals lost the first two games and won the last one. They trailed 4-2 after six innings but RHP Blaine Boyer served up a three-run homer to Brewers 1B Prince Fielder in the seventh.