MILWAUKEE -- Outfielder Allen Craig's injured right knee hasn't improved enough to convince manager Tony La Russa that he's ready to return to the lineup.
The Cardinals placed Craig on the 15-day DL, retroactive to June 8, with a knee contusion, and called up rookie outfielder Andrew Brown on Sunday. With the callup, Brown becomes the sixth Cardinal to make his Major League debut this season. The 26-year-old hit .351 with 11 home runs and 41 RBIs during 50 games with Triple-A Memphis.
"Last year, he started to find himself," La Russa said of the Cardinals' 18th-round pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft. "He came to Spring Training, and he wasn't on the roster and he wasn't invited, but there came a few times where we needed help, and he was impressive in Spring Training and just carried it into the season."
Outfielder Matt Holliday made progress with his left quad injury and should be ready to play Thursday, La Russa said. Holliday joined the team on Saturday and took part in a full workout on Sunday.
During Holliday's absence the Cardinals have used Jon Jay in right field and switched Lance Berkman to left field. La Russa said as soon as Holliday returns, Berkman will be shifted back to his customary spot in right field.
Leaping catch by Jay a hit in Cards clubhouse
MILWAUKEE -- Several Cardinals gathered around the televisions in the clubhouse and couldn't help but wait for the replay of right fielder Jon Jay's catch from Saturday night.
Jay's fourth-inning catch on a ball hit by Brewers third baseman Casey McGehee garnered a lot of attention as the outfielder crashed into the right-field wall and took away what would've likely been an extra-base hit. Jay woke up Sunday morning, looked at congratulatory text messages from friends back home in Miami and was surprised that his body wasn't sore.
"That was probably up there as one of my best catches," Jay said. "I work hard on my defense and I try to take pride in my defense, so it was nice to be able to come up with that catch in time. Especially in that situation, where I think it was a 1-1 ballgame, or something like that, so it was nice to be able to make a play on defense."
The catch ranked No. 5 on SportsCenter's Top 10, but Jay's teammates thought it should've been higher. Even McGehee, who was robbed of the hit, couldn't help but praise Jay.
"That's one heck of a catch," McGehee said. "Going back up against the wall, and for him to throw caution to the win and make that play into the fence, what a catch that was. That could have been bad. What a play."
Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said he watched the replay once, and has come to expect catches like that from the 26-year-old outfielder.
"Great catch," La Russa said. "That's about as good as you can do, but that's the way he's been playing, though. It's not unusual. Actually, it's kind of usual [for him]."
Carpenter pitching better than his record
MILWAUKEE -- Chris Carpenter's record isn't exactly indicative of the way the Cardinals ace has pitched as of late. Or at least that's what manager Tony La Russa, several Cardinals and Carpenter believe.
"He's pitching good, he's just having bad luck right now, and we haven't hit for him and that's it," catcher Yadier Molina said.
The former National League Cy Young Award winner dropped to 1-6 with 4.47 ERA Saturday night after he allowed five runs over six innings. The 36-year-old right-hander hasn't received much offensive support when he takes the mound, either.
In three of Carpenter's losses this season, the Cardinals were shut out once and scored just one run twice. St. Louis' average of 3.7 runs per game during Carpenter's 14 starts is the lowest among the Cardinals' staff.
Add in a June 5 outing against the Cubs where he pitched a complete-game, two-run performance that resulted in a no-decision, and Carpenter's record is a little misleading.
"You see these ridiculous patterns every season, and usually what happens is he pitches good and all of a sudden we start generating runs, and it doesn't always happen every year," La Russa said.
"But he has been matched up with a good pitcher. ... That's what happens to the No. 1 quite a bit."
The lack of run support for Carpenter, who went 16-9 with a 3.22 ERA last season, hasn't taken a toll on him mentally, he said. Carpenter said Saturday night his pitches were "as good as I've had. There's no question about that," and added that he's been around too long to concern himself with what his record is.
"The good news is, he's really been throwing the ball well," shortstop Ryan Theriot said. "I think as a whole, offensively, we've been swinging the bats good and eventually it will turn. As long as he continues to do that, we'll score some runs for him."
Audrey Snyder is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.