Berkman out of lineup, available to pinch-hit

Berkman out of lineup, available to pinch-hit

ST. LOUIS -- Lance Berkman was out of the Cardinals' starting lineup on Thursday, but manager Mike Matheny said Berkman is available to pinch-hit. Berkman is still nursing a deep bone bruise on his right knee that he sustained after getting hit by a Clayton Kershaw slider on Tuesday night.

Berkman pinch-hit in St. Louis' 3-2 walk-off win against the Dodgers on Wednesday. Berkman drew a one-out walk that would eventually be the winning run, as Joe Kelly pinch-ran for him and scored on Rafael Furcal's single.

Berkman fell behind 1-2 in that at-bat and he didn't look comfortable while fouling off pitches. Matheny said he didn't want to use Berkman on Wednesday, but his bench was running thin, and Berkman boasts a .583 average (14-for-29) against Dodgers reliever Jamey Wright.

"It looked painful," Matheny said. "They tested everything and saw no structural problems. He's just going to be dealing with the bruise and swelling."