July 2: Rockies (30-48) @ Cardinals (41-38)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Lance Berkman returned and, during a lengthy discussion with the media, suggested that he could be activated off the disabled list as early as immediately after the All-Star break. That timetable might be a bit aggressive, but it is a confirmation as to how good Berkman feels at the moment. If he’s not ready to return right after the four-day break, it shouldn’t be long after.

Berkman took swings off soft toss earlier today and did some running on the field. He said his knee feels great, but there is still work for him to do to get back into baseball shape. Whether Berkman will need to go on a Minor League rehab assignment is still to be determined.

Much more about and from Berkman on cardinals.com later today.

A reminder, too, that David Freese is currently soliciting votes for an All-Star invitation. He is one of five NL players in the Final Vote competition. The leading vote getter will receive the final spot on the NL team. The Final Vote ballot is here. Also, the Cardinals are offering an incentive for anyone who votes for Freese. Here is that information.

On a separate note, right-hander Chris Carpenter did not throw today, as scheduled. Manager Mike Matheny said that Carpenter wanted one more day to rest. Perhaps that’s the case. But I suspect there is more to the story. Did not see Carpenter around the clubhouse or on the field today and was told by one Cardinals official that the Carpenter situation will be addressed tomorrow.

Stay tuned.


  1. Rafael Furcal (SS)
  2. Jon Jay (CF)
  3. Matt Holliday (LF)
  4. Carlos Beltran (RF)
  5. Allen Craig  (1B)
  6. Yadier Molina (C)
  7. David Freese (3B)
  8. Daniel Descalso (2B)
  9. Kyle Lohse (RHP)


  1. Eric Young (CF)
  2. Marco Scutaro (SS)
  3. Carlos Gonzalez (LF)
  4. Michael Cuddyer (1B)
  5. Tyler Colvin (RF)
  6. Jordan Pacheco (3B)
  7. Chris Nelson (2B)
  8. Wilin Rosario (C)
  9. Josh Outman (LHP)

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Mr clutch, allen Craig, does it again. He now has more RBI than games played!!!! Amazing stat at this stage in the season.

Cleto and Marte. Where did these clowns come from. There is better players in their farm clubs. Time to trade Tyler Greene and put skip schumacher on 2nd. and leave him there. Trade Holliday for a top starter. Carpenter not likely to return.
also what do they see in Matt carpenter. Go for jeff suppan and possibly anabel Sanchez to shore up middle relief, I can’t believe Matheney thinking Motte and Botts can be stoppers with only a fastball. There are fastball hitters in baseball,
They can shore up middle relief inexpensively but will have to turn over some cash
for starters, else adios world series.

time to trade

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