After starting each of the first 33 games this season, Matt Holliday was out of the lineup on Sunday. Taking his place in left field was Allen Craig, who last played the position in Game 7 of the World Series.
Braves third baseman Chipper Jones, who announced he will retire after the 2012 season, was honored by the Cardinals on Sunday, his last regular-season game at Busch Stadium. Rafael Furcal, a former teammate of Jones', presented Jones with a photo signed by various members of the organization. Adam Wainwright, a Georgia native and former Braves farmhand, handed Jones an autographed Stan Musial jersey.
Jones left the field to a standing ovation, tipping his cap several times during the ceremony.
"I've always enjoyed coming here, and the fan base in St. Louis is part of that," Jones said. "You can have an opposing player hit three home runs against the Cardinals, and these fans will give him an ovation for a job well done. It's nice to play in a city where good baseball is appreciated. Other teams enjoy coming in here to play because they get to entertain some pretty intelligent fans."
Because the game will be televised on ESPN, the Cardinals-Cubs contest on Monday will begin at 6:05 p.m. CT. That is 70 minutes earlier than the normal weeknight start time at Busch Stadium.
Manager Mike Matheny reiterated on Sunday that he will consider using Carlos Beltran in center field when he needs to give Jon Jay a day off. Beltran has made 1,555 career starts in center field, but none since 2010.
J.C. Romero twisted his right ankle slightly while struggling to grip his cleat in the dirt mound on Saturday but said that his ankle feels fine. He was briefly checked on by Matheny and trainer Greg Hauck.