Berkman likely to sit for rest of Cubs series

Berkman likely to sit for rest of Cubs series

ST. LOUIS -- Lance Berkman remained out of the lineup on Saturday, though weather played a role in manager Mike Matheny's decision not to push the first baseman back out onto the field. For the second straight day, rain created soggy field conditions.

There's a strong possibility that Berkman, who suffered a minor tear to his left calf on Tuesday, could also sit out Sunday. Giving Berkman the series finale off would ensure him two more days to heal. The Cardinals have an off-day on Monday before beginning a three-game series against the Reds.

"Good enough," is how Matheny described Berkman's status.

If Berkman remains out of the lineup on Sunday, he will likely be joined by other regulars. With left-hander Paul Maholm scheduled to start for Chicago, Matheny anticipates doing some fiddling with his lineup. He's made it an early priority to keep his bench players involved.

The last time the Cardinals faced a lefty starter, Matheny included Tony Cruz, Matt Carpenter, Tyler Greene and Shane Robinson in the starting lineup.