Lance Berkman was scheduled to undergo surgery on his right knee on Thursday morning but the procedure was postponed until Friday due to a conflict in his surgeon's schedule in Houston, Texas. The procedure will determine whether Berkman will need to have surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament in addition to the scope he will have to repair a torn meniscus. If Berkman's ACL has been torn or compromised, he will miss the rest of the 2012 season.
Third baseman David Freese returned to the lineup on Wednesday after two days away to fix some issues with his swing and clear his mind. Matheny threw batting practice to Freese on Tuesday and said he came away encouraged by what he saw.
"I know that his body and mind got a rest," Matheny said.
With his third career shutout on Tuesday night, Adam Wainwright tied Chris Carpenter and Jaime Garcia for the most by a Cardinal since the start of the 2007 season. Wainwright made 17 starts in between his second and third shutout. The Cardinals had not shut out an opponent in 2012 prior to Tuesday, while the Padres have now been shut out three times.
The Phillies have set their rotation for a four-game series at Busch Stadium that begins on Thursday. Their starters, in order, will be Joe Blanton (4-4, 3.74 ERA), Cliff Lee (0-2, 2.66 ERA), Kyle Kendrick (0-4, 5.23 ERA) and Roy Halladay (4-4, 3.58 ERA). Halladay will be opposed by Wainwright.
Matheny watched outfielder Allen Craig do some movement exercises in the weight room on Wednesday and said that Craig looks to be "getting closer." Craig, who is on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain, is eligible to come off on June 1.