Center fielder Jon Jay was put on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday by the St. Louis Cardinals because of shoulder soreness.
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St. Louis played the finale of a five-game homestand with only one regular outfielder, left fielder Matt Holliday. Right fielder Carlos Beltran missed his second straight start due to a minor knee injury but was available to pinch hit, and first baseman Lance Berkman was a late lineup scratch.
”We decided to stay cautious with Carlos and give him another day,” manager Mike Matheny said. ”His knee has been barking.”
The team gave no reason for scratching Berkman, who had played two games since coming off the disabled list from a left calf injury.
Jay injured his right shoulder when he banged into an outfield wall last month. He’s 3-for-18 on the homestand with one hit, a bunt single, in his last 15 at-bats.
Jay is hitting .343 in 26 games and went 1 for 4 in Monday’s 6-4 loss to the Chicago Cubs.
Outfielder Shane Robinson was recalled from Triple-A Memphis after one day in the minors. Robinson was 3 for 4 with a triple Monday, and arrived minus his equipment.
Robinson planned on asking utilityman Skip Schumaker, who started in center field, for a few items of equipment to tide him over.
”I didn’t think anything would happen this soon. But it did,” Robinson said. ”It’s been pretty chaotic.”
Third baseman David Freese, in an 0-for-11 slump, also was not in the lineup.