July 21: Cubs (38-54) @ Cardinals (48-45)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Rafael Furcal returns to the leadoff spot. Jon Jay returns to the lineup. And Lance Berkman returns for his first back-to-back starts since pre-knee surgery. You can see the full lineup below.

The decision to have Berkman start again on Saturday is two-fold, manager Mike Matheny explained. Berkman is responding well physically after easing his way back into action. Also a factor, though, is that Allen Craig is dealing with some quad soreness. The club doesn’t believe the issue to be anything serious, but still saw it as advantageous to give Craig a day to sit.

Other quick notes, all of which will be written with more detail in today’s cardinals.com notebook:

  • Jaime Garica (left shoulder impingement) threw another successful 40-pitch bullpen session on Saturday and is headed to Florida on Sunday to continue his throwing program at the team’s Jupiter complex. Garcia said he will likely throw live batting practice on Tuesday. If all goes according to plan, the Cardinals expect Garcia to wrap up his rehab work and return around Aug. 12.
  • Brian Fuentes threw another scoreless inning for the Gulf Coast League Cardinals. Fuentes, who is under a Minor League contract, is headed to Double-A Springfield next. He’ll throw on Monday and will then make back-to-back outings later in the week.

Also, look for a Trade Deadline update on cardinals.com later today. GM John Mozeliak talked at length today about the lessened urgency to add a starting pitcher and emphasized that, if the right deal isn’t presented, he is confident that this team is built for the postseason as it is now.

More to come on all of this…


  1. Rafael Furcal (SS)
  2. Skip Schumaker (2B)
  3. Matt Holliday (LF)
  4. Carlos Beltran (RF)
  5. Yadier Molina (C)
  6. Lance Berkman (1B)
  7. David Freese (3B)
  8. Jon Jay (CF)
  9. Jake Westbrook (RHP)


  1. David DeJesus (CF)
  2. Starlin Castro (SS)
  3. Anthony Rizzo (1B)
  4. Alfonso Soriano (LF)
  5. Bryan LaHair (RF)
  6. Geovany Soto (C)
  7. Darwin Barney (2B)
  8. Luis Valbuena (3B)
  9. Matt Garza (RHP)

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The batting order may be built for the post-season but no way is the bullpen or even starters (unless Garcia returns as strong as before)

Totally agree, we need Garica back in earlier form….and we need a lefty in the middle reliever spot….besides Alfa bit soup!

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