07/17/12 9:02 PM ET
Versatile Carpenter in the mix more often
By Jeremy Warnemuede / MLB.com
Carpenter proved his versatility anew on Tuesday night, starting in right field but moving to left in the second inning after Matt Holliday got hit on the thigh with a pitch and left the game.Matheny said players such as Carpenter and Tyler Greene, who made his first start since before the All-Star break on Tuesday, should want to play every day, but he also expects them to help the team, no matter the capacity. And for Carpenter, who said spending time as a starter made him feel like he "belongs," he knows as long as he continues to execute, more opportunities will open up for him. "The way I go about it, I just come to the ballpark every day expecting to be in the lineup," Carpenter said. "And if I'm not, then I'm going to be the best pinch-hitter I can be or being the best whatever the role might be that day; it changes all the time."
Beltran in center field for first time in a month
MILWAUKEE -- Carlos Beltran was back in the lineup for the Cardinals on Tuesday after manager Mike Matheny gave him a day off to rest following his participation in the All-Star Game and the three-game series in Cincinnati.Matheny said Beltran was "in a better place" following the day off, so much so that he felt comfortable starting the 35-year-old in center field for just the third time this season and first time since June 17. With left-hander Randy Wolf taking the mound for the Brewers, Matheny said it was a good time to put Beltran in center, opening up right field for Matt Carpenter. "He's been there before," Matheny said. "He's been there a lot -- not necessarily with us -- but I'm just trying to figure out what's our best lineup." Playing right field most of the season, Beltran was "moving around better" on Monday, said Matheny, who added that he has to handle the veteran outfielder and his knees that have bothered him for years on a day-to-day basis. "Some days it's good, some days it's not," Matheny said. "There's not necessarily a reason or something that happened the day before. When he comes in, he'll let me know when something isn't quite right. On those days when he's feeling better, then we try to maximize." Tuesday was one of those days, and Matheny said he wasn't worried about Beltran's ability to handle whatever might come his way in center field. "To me, he's done a nice job in the outfield and he's been doing a good job helping out the other outfielders," Matheny said. "They're all working together, so he'll do a nice job of quarterbacking out there."
For Beltran, though, his time in center field was short-lived. Left fielder Matt Holliday got hit on his left thigh with a pitch and left the game after the first inning. Jon Jay entered the game and played center, with Beltran moving to right and Carpenter shifting to left.
Lance Berkman, who made his first start since May 19 on Sunday after coming back from a knee injury, had a second straight day off on Tuesday. Matheny said it was another planned break for Berkman, who made a pinch-hit appearance in Monday's game."We knew with the lefty, there probably wasn't going to be a spot for him anyhow," Matheny said, referring to Brewers starter Randy Wolf. As part of the 2012 Hall of Fame Awards presentation on Saturday in Cooperstown, N.Y., three World Series-winning Cardinals managers will be honored. The presentation starts at 4:30 p.m. ET at Doubleday Field and will feature Red Schoendienst (1967 World Series), Whitey Herzog (1982) and Tony La Russa (2006 and 2011). The 2011 World Series Trophy also will make an appearance.
Jeremy Warnemuende is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.