ST. LOUIS (AP) -Cardinals rookie Brendan Ryan was benched by manager Tony La Russa after flying out in the first inning, apparently for swinging at a 3-0 pitch.
After Ryan flied out to center field, La Russa walked to the opposite end of the dugout, returned and then mouthed the words ``You're done!'' as Ryan was putting away his bat and gloves.
La Russa said after the game that Ryan had told him he thought the count was 2-1.
``It's the big leagues,'' La Russa said. ``I sent a message right away, that's not how we play. Not acceptable.''
Before the game, La Russa told reporters that Ryan has a ``lot to prove'' before being assured of a roster spot next season.
The 25-year-old Ryan was batting .308 with four homers and 11 RBIs in 159 at-bats. He has made 16 starts at shortstop and 14 each at second base and third base.

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