JUPITER, Fla. -- Gerald Laird is eager and ready to get back in a ballgame, but he may need to wait a little while anyway.
Laird has been sidelined since he suffered some mild discomfort in his left hamstring on Thursday. Manager Tony La Russa said recently that he expects to hold Laird out until after the Cardinals' off-day on Tuesday, and Laird indicated Sunday that that still seems to be the plan.
"[La Russa] asked me today, and I said 'I feel good for tomorrow,'" Laird said. "He said, 'OK,' but then he said, 'But don't forget we have the extra off-day.' When it all comes down to it, I'm good to go, but if they want me to take the extra day, I will. I feel fine."
Laird went through a full, normal workout Sunday. That included not only hitting, but doing some catching, throwing and blocking balls.
Westbrook trying to harness his sinker
JUPITER, Fla. -- Jake Westbrook is healthy and on time. That doesn't mean he's thrilled with his results so far this spring.
Westbrook threw his normal bullpen session on Sunday, three days before his next scheduled Spring Training start. And he was working on the one thing he's been working on all spring: harnessing his command of his bread-and-butter two-seam fastball.
Once that comes, the numbers will follow.
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"[My results] have been OK," Westbrook said. "I'm not super satisfied with them, as far as being consistent in the zone. I'm not quite there yet. But it usually takes me a while with that sinker to get locked in. The frustrating part for me is I'm always a second-half guy. I'm better in the second half, which is not a bad thing, but I'd like to have some better starts to the season. I'm trying to rectify that this year."
He acknowledged that he's feeling a little bit of that Spring Training standby, the "dead-arm" period that pitchers have long had to battle at some point during camp. But Westbrook emphasized that just the same, he's healthy and feeling good.
"I'm getting the normal dead-arm stuff that I normally get every spring, which is fine," he said. "Better to get it now than get it during the season. [I'll] knock that out, get through that. I think, for me, the biggest thing is being consistent with that sinker. Once I can do that, I can maybe start controlling some counts a little better and be able to work off of that."
Berkman doesn't make trip to Fort Myers
JUPITER, Fla. -- Lance Berkman didn't make the trip with his teammates to Fort Myers, Fla., for the Cardinals' game against the Red Sox, but that was expected. Berkman said Sunday that his right ankle is perfectly fine and that he expects to play on Monday against Washington.
On a ground ball in the sixth inning Saturday, Berkman pulled up on his way to first base. He walked off the field somewhat gingerly but was already moving better in the clubhouse after the game. On Sunday, he participated in a normal workout, including batting practice.
"[It's] nothing, really," Berkman said Sunday. "I just kind of rolled my ankle a little bit coming out of the box. No big deal. [I'll] play tomorrow."
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Obviously, You're Not a Golfer and follow him on Twitter at @MatthewHLeach. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.