Hurdle may have wanted to play one of the players freshly chosen for the National League All-Star team by Cards skipper Mike Matheny -- thus having Josh Harrison start in right -- but most likely, Hurdle wanted to spare Polanco the humbling education of facing Adam Wainwright.
After Polanco went 0-for-4 on Sunday facing A.J. Burnett's off-speed wizardry, with his first career three-strikeout game, it was a good time for him to just sit and watch a "master craftsman," as Hurdle characterized Wainwright.
"He's along the lines of David Price, with a different skill set," said Hurdle, citing the Tampa Bay lefty, who mastered the Bucs on June 25. "From the other dugout, you see a guy who's very confident on the mound."
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