"[Stavinoha is] just going to be a pinch-hitter today," La Russa said on the field before Saturday's game.
Stavinoha pinch-hit for John Jay in Friday's game, grounding out in the top of the ninth. Skip Schumaker came on to play right field in the bottom half on the inning. La Russa said that it would remain a game-day decision whether Stavinoha was ready to resume a full-time role.
"I'm just going day-to-day on that," said La Russa.
Stavinoha is batting .263 with two homers and nine RBIs in 76 games for the Cardinals this season. He leads the Cardinals in pinch-hits, going 15-for-50 (.300) off the bench. He was in the original batting order for Friday's game, but was scratched after batting practice. Allen Craig started in his place and hit a three-run homer in the first inning off Cubs starter Tom Gorzelanny.
"It could just as easily have been Nick that knocked one out," La Russa said after Friday's game. "We've got enough depth on the club where we can make some things happen."