Schumaker garners another start at second

Schumaker garners another start at second

Schumaker garners another start at second
ST. LOUIS -- Skip Schumaker started at second base for the second straight game on Sunday, making his 14th start at second this season. While the 32-year-old veteran has seen his playing time decrease a bit this season, Schumaker is understanding of the situation.

"There's some guys that can play there," Schumaker said. "And I knew going into the season that that was the case. There's some younger guys that they're going to want to play.

"When I'm in there, great. When I'm not, I'll be ready in the later innings."

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has been shuffling around the depth chart at second all season. Daniel Descalso started there 36 times, while Tyler Greene has been penciled in 35 times. Matheny has also recently experimented with trying out Matt Carpenter at second to get him some at-bats, starting him there on Thursday for the first time in Carpenter's professional career.

Schumaker delivered a key RBI single in the fourth inning of a 3-2 win over Miami on Saturday, his first RBI since June 22. He's batting .301 in 44 games this season, while Greene is hitting .228 and Descalso .223.

"Skip puts together good at-bats. He's a great teammate, a great player," Matheny said. "With Skip, you know what you're going to get every day. And he's done a nice job and certainly deserves to be in there."

When asked on Saturday if Schumaker could begin to see more playing time, Matheny didn't give any inclination to sticking with one guy at second any time soon.

"It's a crazy mix what we've got going on," Matheny said. "We just have to keep making those strides forward to do what we can each night to put the best eight out there on the field defensively and offensively."