The Cardinals aren't the only playoff contenders hampered by injuries. Here are four ailing players who are sorely needed as their teams make a final push toward the postseason.
Garret Anderson, LF, Angels
Opposing teams can give slugger Vladimir Guerrero the Barry Bonds treatment when Anderson (day to day with lower back and left knee injuries) isn't hitting behind him. On Aug. 11, with Anderson sidelined, the A's intentionally walked Guerrero three times.
Adam Eaton, RHP, Padres
Out since mid-June with a strained flexor tendon in the middle finger of his right hand, the righthander (9-2, 3.76 ERA) would, if sound, rejoin ace Jake Peavy atop the San Diego rotation.
Keith Foulke, RHP, Red Sox
With temporary closer Curt Schilling headed back to his normal starter's role, a successful return by Foulke (left knee surgery) before the end of August becomes crucial for a team that at week's end had allowed the most ninth-inning runs (60) in the majors.
Randy Johnson, LHP, Yankees
The Big Unit, who'll be 42 on Sept. 10, hasn't been vintage in '05 (11-8, 4.34 ERA). His balky back--which caused him to miss a start on Aug. 10--must hold up if the Yanks hope to play deep into October.