Skip's next up in Cards' second-base shuffle

Skip's next up in Cards' second-base shuffle

CHICAGO -- With manager Mike Matheny looking for offense from his second basemen, Skip Schumaker on Tuesday became the third different Cardinal to start at the position this season.

"Just trying to get some offense going here and Skip seems to be putting together some pretty good at-bats right now," Matheny said. "[I decided to] give him a chance to play second base, which he did for a world championship team last year, so we know that fits OK."

Schumaker had five at-bats before he was double-switched from the game, with Tyler Greene replacing him. The Cardinals lost to the Cubs, 3-2.

Greene and Daniel Descalso have split time at second to open the year, while Schumaker began the season on the disabled list before sustaining an injury while running into the outfield wall. Matheny said he's confident Greene (.206 average) and Descalso (.205) will rebound from their rough starts.

"I know Daniel's going to get it put together. Between he and Tyler both, we've seen some really good things from both of them," Matheny said. "It's just going to be trying to give them enough appearances to stay hot when they get hot."

Matheny admitted it will be a "balancing act" to juggle three guys at one position should more than one of them get hot, but said he expected such a situation heading into the season.