First baseman Lance Berkman (right knee soreness) went 0-for-4 on Monday in what was his third Minor League rehab appearance with Triple-A Memphis. Matheny received the following report from Memphis after the game: "No results, but he had a couple of good at-bats."
Third baseman David Freese returned to the Cardinals' lineup on Tuesday after missing time while dealing with a sore left wrist. Freese was slotted in the seventh spot in the lineup.
Because of Jake Westbrook's high ground-ball rate, Matheny has more often than not gone with above-average defender Daniel Descalso at second base when Westbrook is on the mound. On Tuesday, however, Matheny plugged in Skip Schumaker, who has played sound-enough defense and was 8-for-15 on this road trip.
"I just wanted to keep a good thing going," Matheny said. "Danny is really fighting a little bit right now offensively. Skip has been putting together some nice at-bats, so we'll try not to mess with it too much, even though we're messing with it a little bit by putting him in the second spot. We're just trying to find a place to get some guys on base for the big guys."
On Tuesday, pitching prospect Tyrell Jenkins, ranked by MLB.com as the Cards' No. 5 prospect, was sent to seek a second opinion on an injury the Cardinals believed to be a strained right lat muscle. Jenkins and the organization received good news after that visit. Though the strain is worse than it was initially thought to be, Jenkins will not need any surgery. He is projected to begin a throwing program in three weeks.