• Matheny said that Craig (mild left foot sprain) has been simulating swings back in St. Louis so that he does not lose the strength that he had built up in the core of his body. Craig is believed to still be wearing a walking boot to prevent against re-aggravation. The Cardinals have not provided an estimated return date for their first baseman.
• The Cardinals will continue to roll with their five-man rotation as is, meaning that rookie Michael Wacha will make his next scheduled start on Tuesday. Wacha allowed 12 hits and four earned runs in 4 2/3 innings on Thursday. He has now thrown a combined 141 innings between Triple-A and the Majors this season.
• Assistant hitting coach Bengie Molina will remain away from the club through the weekend series so that he can be with his mother, who recently underwent a heart procedure.
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