Descalso gets start in place of Schumaker

Descalso gets start in place of Schumaker

HOUSTON -- Daniel Descalso got the start at second base on Saturday against Houston starter Bud Norris, despite Friday's starter, Skip Schumaker, reaching base three times. Schumaker has hit safely in seven of his last 10 games and started five of the last seven games at second base.

"Schu's had a little tough time with [Norris], and we've got to keep those three [Descalso, Schumaker and Tyler Greene], somehow everybody, sharp," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said, who added that Greene could get a Sunday start at second base or possibly shortstop.

"We're going to have to be pretty creative," Matheny said. "All three of them are going to have to see time. We've just got to figure the right spots to get them in there."

Matheny said he had no game plan for the trio in regards to settling in further down the road on a set starter at the position.

"I think we're just going to evaluate every day what we see," Matheny said. "I think it also helps to keep all of them sharp. Otherwise you're going to throw one guy out there, and two of them are just going to sit, even though Skip has the ability to play the outfield and help out.

"But in general, we need to keep these guys sharp. So it's just going to be a term I've used before -- 'balancing act' -- just trying to keep everyone sharp and put the guy in there who we think gives us the best chance that day."