Ludwick might be ready before Ankiel

ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa says there's a chance outfielder Ryan Ludwick will come off the 15-day disabled list before Rick Ankiel is ready to play.

Ankiel has worked out with the team the last three days, but La Russa said Friday he didn't appear close to coming back. Ankiel has a bruised right shoulder and overall soreness from a headfirst crash into the wall after running down a fly ball at the warning track earlier this month.

Ankiel was eligible to come off the DL on Wednesday, but La Russa said the outfielder "still felt something."

Ludwick is eligible to return from a right hamstring injury next Friday and the Cardinals expect him to be ready immediately.

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