General manager John Mozeliak was asked about a possible timetable for the return of pitcher Chris Carpenter, who has been on the disabled list since March 26 with a right shoulder injury.
"Again, it's probably a little premature to start guessing when he might be able to come back since he isn't quite able to throw yet, but we are still hopeful, because there is a level of optimism with the strength he's gained and where he's at in his current rehab program," Mozeliak said.
The Cardinals currently have seven players on the disabled list: Carpenter, Scott Linebrink (right shoulder capsulitis), Jon Jay (sprained right shoulder), Allen Craig (left hamstring strain), Kyle McClellan (right elbow strain), Lance Berkman (right knee) and Matt Carpenter (right oblique).
"Obviously, in a perfect world, you'd like to not have players on the DL, but we're experiencing a rash of injuries right now; but we'll figure out a way to get through it," Mozeliak said.
The Cardinals are the first team this season with three players with 10 or more home runs. Carlos Beltran has 14, while David Freese and Matt Holliday each have 10. St. Louis leads the National League with 59 homers entering Friday.