Cardinals OF Beltran out of lineup with virus

Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran is out of the lineup for

Thursday night’s game against the Chicago White Sox because of a

stomach virus, one day after hitting his NL-leading 19th home

run.

St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said Beltran went straight home

after Wednesday night’s 1-0 win over Chicago. Matheny said

Beltran’s condition became worse and he went to the emergency room

at a local hospital. The manager believes Beltran did not spend the

night at the hospital.

Allen Craig will play in right and will hit cleanup in the

series finale. Second baseman Daniel Descalso moves from No. 7 to

Beltran’s No. 2 spot in the lineup.

Matheny said Beltran ”possibly” might be available to

pinch-hit, if necessary.