Calf strain knocks Berkman out for weekend
Friday's festivities at the home opener will include the usual fanfare and Hall of Famers, plus the trophies from the last four or five World Series that the Cardinals have won will be carried onto the field. Such former stars as Mike Shannon, Tom Herr and Jim Edmonds will participate in that ceremony and the 2011 trophy is expected to be displayed by former manager Tony La Russa and pitching coach Dave Duncan, who is on a leave of absence this season. The ring ceremony will be on Saturday.
RHP Adam Wainwright, who missed last season after Tommy John surgery, will make his first start at home since September, 2010, when he faces the Cubs on Friday. Wainwright, who appeared to be throwing well most of the spring, allowed three runs on four hits over 5 2/3 innings against Milwaukee in his first start this season.
LF Matt Holliday said the Cardinals' 5-2 record on their first trip, including 4-2 on the road against division rivals Milwaukee and Cincinnati, should be considered a significant one. "Those are our biggest opponents in the division and to win both series on the road, you'd have to count that as pretty good," Holliday said. "Early or later, it's still good. It counts the same."