ST. LOUIS -- Already thin in the infield, the Cardinals had to do without two more options on Saturday. Ryan Theriot and Allen Craig are both considered day-to-day with minor left leg injuries.
Theriot was pulled from Friday night's game after he was hit in the left shin by a pitch. He was feeling better on Saturday, and manager Tony La Russa said that he could come off the bench later in the game. But he was held out of the starting lineup and conceivably could be held out on Sunday as well.
"It's getting better," Theriot said. "It's definitely better today than it was yesterday after the game."
Craig, meanwhile, fouled a ball off his left calf in the same game and is likewise touch-and-go for the immediate future. La Russa said that Craig may be a bit farther away from playing than Theriot, but Craig played down the injury on Saturday afternoon.
"When I start walking around, it loosens up a little bit," Craig said. "Nothing serious."
Garcia reflects on brush with history
ST. LOUIS -- One day after his run at history, Jaime Garcia couldn't help thinking about what might have been. Garcia came closer to a perfect game than any Cardinal had done in 26 years when he retired the first 22 Brewers on Friday night.
On Saturday morning he still had the game on his mind.
"It was the greatest day of my career," Garcia said. "Minor Leagues, high school, Little League, I've never done anything close to that. So it was definitely really exciting. The fans are awesome. And then you come in here and you start thinking about it, and you're like, 'Wow, I was so close to that.' It kind of gets in your head. But it was definitely a great experience. Just being able to go through the whole [thing], it was a lot of fun."
Garcia was fully aware that no Mexican pitcher has ever thrown a perfect game, but he didn't realize he could have become the first Cardinal to do so as well.
"I thought maybe Bob Gibson or somebody," he said. "Wow."
The left-hander heard from plenty of friends and family members after the game.
"My mom was like, 'You know what? You're still young. You're probably going to do it in the future,' " he said. "I'm like, Mom, this is a perfect game. ... This doesn't happen every day. You don't get these opportunities every time you go out and pitch."
Mozeliak not worried about bullpen roles
ST. LOUIS -- General manager John Mozeliak said on Saturday that that club is prepared to ride the "hot hand" in its bullpen for the foreseeable future.
Five Cardinals have recorded a save this season, with Mitchell Boggs and Eduardo Sanchez each serving recent stints as the unannounced, de facto closer. Mozeliak acknowledged that most clubs prefer to have set roles in their relief corps, but he did not sound like a man with a particular urgency to establish a pecking order in the Cards' bullpen.
"I think given the types of youth we have in that bullpen, it's something that you probably could do," Mozeliak said. "Is it ideal? I don't know. Time will tell. Historically, great bullpens have been defined by roles. ... I'm not saying you can't do it this way. I'm just saying that historically, [having a set closer] tends to be the successful model for clubs."
Mozeliak can still envision Ryan Franklin being a part of that mix before the season is out.
"I wouldn't rule it out," he said.
Matt Carpenter reached base four times, but Triple-A Memphis let a five-run lead slip away on Friday. Brandon Dickson allowed four homers and took the loss when the Redbirds fell to Albuquerque, 8-7.
Matt Adams homered twice in Double-A Springfield's 10-4 loss to Northwest Arkansas.
Audry Perez went deep twice and Eric Fornataro pitched seven strong innings, leading Class A Palm Beach to a 7-2 win over St. Lucie. Fornataro allowed two runs on six hits, striking out seven and walking two.
Anthony Ferrara saw his shutout streak end but still turned in a fine game in Class A Quad Cities' 6-1 win over Kane County. Ferrara allowed one run on four hits over 6 1/3 innings, walking three and striking out two. The lefty hadn't allowed a run in either of his previous two starts.
Quad Cities' Oscar Taveras is the player of the day. The lefty-swinging outfielder went 4-for-5 with two doubles and a triple, extending his season-opening tear. Despite missing nearly three weeks due to injury, Taveras has hit in every game he's played this year. For the season, he's a staggering 20-for-37 (.541), with five extra-base hits, for an .811 slugging percentage. Taveras, who will not turn 19 until June, signed with the Cardinals as a non-drafted free agent in November 2008.
The Cardinals promoted three notable pitching prospects within their Minor League system on Saturday. Right-hander Maikel Cleto, received from Seattle in exchange for Brendan Ryan, will be bumped up from high Class A Palm Beach to Double-A Springfield. Right-hander Jordan Swagerty, selected in last year's First-Year Player Draft, moved up from low Class A Quad Cities to Palm Beach. And righty Carlos Martinez, rated one of the organization's top three prospects, was promoted from extended spring training to Quad Cities and was scheduled to make his U.S. debut on Saturday night.
St. Louis will stay on rotation after its off-day on Monday. That means that Chris Carpenter will start Tuesday's series opener in Chicago, followed by Jake Westbrook and Jaime Garcia. Kyle Lohse, Kyle McClellan and Carpenter will start the following three games in Cincinnati.
Skip Schumaker, sidelined with a strained right triceps muscle, said on Saturday that he hopes to be cleared to begin swinging a bat on Sunday, though he would still be a good ways away from returning to the active roster at that point. When he begins swinging, he will only be hitting off a tee.
General manager John Mozeliak said on Saturday that there is no rush for the organization to promote its No. 1 prospect, right-hander Shelby Miller, from Palm Beach to Springfield.
Mozeliak also said that of the club's five players on the disabled list, either Bryan Augenstein or Brian Tallet will probably return first. Augenstein has a strained right groin, and Tallet has a broken bone in his right hand.
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.