Matheny rotates plans for second-base trio

Matheny rotates plans for second-base trio

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals entered Spring Training with three players vying for playing time at second base. That competition never really was settled, and it leaves manager Mike Matheny with the task of continuing to juggle playing time for all three.

With Skip Schumaker now healthy, he joins Daniel Descalso and Tyler Greene as daily options for Matheny, who says he will continue to divvy playing time among the three. Whom he decides to go with on any given day will be determined by a variety of factors, Matheny explained.

"Just kind of put everything in there every day -- depending on the matchup, depending on how they're swinging, how they're feeling," Matheny said. "Just kind of monitor pretty closely. There's going to be a lot of information that goes into that decision every day."

Descalso and Greene had an opportunity to monopolize playing time at second while Schumaker began the year on the disabled list, but both have scuffled all month. Descalso entered Friday's series opener with a .208 batting average. Greene was hitting just under that with a mark of .206. Neither has an on-base percentage higher than .309.

Schumaker started at second on Friday against the Brewers and began his season with three hits in nine at-bats. While Matheny said he's not necessarily looking for one player to play his way into a regular starting role, the Cardinals would certainly like to see at least one of the three boost the offensive production from that spot.

"I'm not necessarily going through a tryout situation here," Matheny said. "When they get the opportunity, it's their day to do something to help us."