06/05/11 1:33 PM ET
Berkman sits after getting cortisone shot in wrist
By Austin Laymance / MLB.com
The slugger has been dealing with a sprained right wrist since leaving a May 18 game against Houston after injuring it on a diving catch. He missed the next three games but returned to action May 22.
"It's been pretty sore since I've been back," Berkman said. "It got to the point where I could swing, it just never got better."
Berkman batted cleanup on Saturday, filling in for the injured Matt Holliday, going 1-for-5 with an RBI single and two strikeouts. Skip Schumaker took Berkman's spot in right field Sunday, with Jon Jay assuming the cleanup spot.
Manager Tony La Russa said the club scheduled Berkman's cortisone shot for after Saturday's game to allow the switch-hitter two days of rest before the Cards begin a nine-game road trip on Tuesday -- St. Louis has an off-day Monday. The Texas native has struggled against Cubs right-hander Carlos Zambrano, who started the game for Chicago on Sunday. Berkman has a career .155 average (11-for-71) against Zambrano, with four homers and 18 strikeouts.
Berkman is batting .329 and is tied for the team lead with 12 home runs. Since spraining his wrist, Berkman is hitting .268 (11-for-41) with one home run in 12 games. La Russa expects the outfielder to return to the lineup Tuesday in Houston.
La Russa again shuffles rotation, bumps Lynn
ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals manager Tony La Russa reversed his position on right-hander Lance Lynn's next start, saying the rookie will make his second big league appearance on Thursday in Houston.
La Russa said on Friday that Lynn's next outing would be Wednesday; instead, left-hander Jaime Garcia will get the ball that day against the Astros. The manager said pushing Lynn back a day has less to do with getting him an extra day of rest -- he made his Major League debut last Thursday on three day's rest -- and more with getting Kyle McClellan back in the rotation when he is eligible to come off the disabled list on June 15.
"It has more to do with hopefully putting McClellan available on the first day he's eligible," La Russa said.
Jake Westbrook will begin the series in Houston on Tuesday, and Kyle Lohse will follow Lynn on Friday when the Cardinals open a three-game series at Miller Park against the Brewers.
Lynn allowed five runs on four hits in 5 1/3 innings, striking out five against San Francisco in his first big league start.
M. Carpenter earns starting nod in finale
ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter made his big league debut Saturday and created enough of an impression to earn the starting nod again Sunday against the Cubs.
Carpenter was moved up to second in the batting order Sunday after hitting seventh in his first game in the Majors. He went 1-for-5 with a double in the ninth inning and made a diving stop on a sharply hit ball down the third-base line.
"It was everything I could have hoped for," Carpenter said. "I just tried to compete every time I went up to the plate. I was lucky enough to get a hit and help us out on defense. It was just a lot of fun."
Carpenter will certainly have fond memories of his first taste of the big leagues. While he was admittedly nervous before his debut, the nerves quickly left once the rookie took the field.
"The national anthem, jogging out to the position to start the game, all those moments that you just kind of soak in," Carpenter said. "And then, really once the game starts, you get so locked in on what you're trying to do that you just kind of focus on baseball again. But in the dugout in between innings, you look around and you're just like, 'Wow, this is pretty cool.'"
Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.