Tuesday, October 18, 2011 Updated: October 19, 12:17 PM ET
Chris Carpenter will start Game 1
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ST. LOUIS -- The pitching matchups for the first two games of the World Series are set, as St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said Chris Carpenter will take the ball for Game 1 on Wednesday night against the Texas Rangers' C.J. Wilson.
Rangers skipper Ron Washington announced earlier Tuesday that Colby Lewis would be his Game 2 starter. He'll be opposed on the mound by the Cardinals' Jaime Garcia.
The Rangers announced Wilson as their Game 1 starter on Monday.
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La Russa has set the rest of his rotation, with Kyle Lohse and Edwin Jackson taking the ball in Arlington for Games 3 and 4, respectively.
Carpenter said he will be ready for Game 1.
"My elbow's fine," Carpenter said, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "Tony and (pitching coach Dave Duncan) wouldn't be throwing me out there if I wasn't. I'm fine for Wednesday."
"If he wasn't sound, he wouldn't pitch tomorrow," La Russa added.
While the Rangers have yet to announce Game 3 and 4 starters, Washington said "it's a possibility" that outfielder Nelson Cruz might be moving up from No. 7 in the batting order.
"I may make a change, I just don't know where it's going to be yet," Washington said of the ALCS MVP.
If Cruz -- the first player in history to hit six homers and collect 13 RBIs in the same postseason series -- bats seventh, that gives La Russa the option of pitching around him and dealing with a bottom of the order that won't be as strong as it would be in an AL park with the DH in play.
Derek Holland had started Game 2 of the ALCS behind C.J. Wilson. Lewis starting Game 2 of the World Series means he would be in line to start Game 6, also on the road.
"He's ready to go," Washington said of Lewis. "I didn't want to push him back too much further. It's been a while since he's pitched."
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Washington said the fact that the game was on the road didn't factor into the decision, but Lewis' road ERA (3.43) was more than two runs lower than his home one (5.54).
Washington said the club hasn't determined yet if Matt Harrison or Holland will pitch Game 3, but Washington indicated it had been a while since Harrison had pitched.
"We certainly don't want to be sitting on him," Washington said.
The Cardinals weren't ready to reveal the makeup of their roster Tuesday. But they are expected to add infielder Skip Schumaker and pitcher Jake Westbrook, both of whom were left off the NLCS roster.
Schumaker, who strained his right oblique muscle in Game 5 of the Division Series, said Tuesday that he's "good to go" after receiving a cortisone shot on Oct. 11. If he's added, it's likely the Cardinals would leave rookie outfielder Adron Chambers off the roster.
Schumaker said he's felt healthy enough to play since late last week, and tested the injury by going through his full pregame routine before the final game of the LCS.
"I let it go, and everything felt fine," he said.
Westbrook was also active for the Division Series, then was left off the NLCS roster when Kyle McClellan was added. He told reporters Tuesday he's been led to believe he'll be back on the roster for the World Series, but La Russa would not confirm that.
"All I can tell you," La Russa said, "is when we discuss the roster today, some of the same reasons that went against some people in the first go-round and the second go-round, it's the same kind of what-if-ing and what-if-ing and what's your best (roster). And Jake is getting a lot of strong consideration just because of his talent and playing three games in their ballpark."
La Russa also declined to reveal whether Schumaker would be on the roster, but didn't dispute Schumaker's pronouncement that he's healthy enough to play.
"All I can tell you is, I've heard what you've heard," La Russa said, "which is, he's OK, and he's going to be considered and has already been considered (for) the roster. I don't know about revealing. I don't think I'm supposed to."
Schumaker started 89 games at second base this year and three more in the NLDS. He went 6 for 10 against the Phillies and drove in the winning run in Game 5 in Philadelphia.
Westbrook made 33 starts for the Cardinals this season, going 12-9, with a 4.66 ERA, but was the odd man out in the postseason rotation in favor of Edwin Jackson. Westbrook was available in the bullpen in the NLDS but didn't pitch.
ESPNDallas.com's Richard Durrett and ESPN.com senior baseball writer Jayson Stark contributed to this report.