ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals do not appear poised to make a roster move specifically for handling the designated hitter spot during their upcoming weekend series in Baltimore.
Manager Mike Matheny noted on Wednesday that the organization has "not had a lot of those discussions about making a radical move to this point."
Instead the Cardinals are likely to use the opportunity to give Matt Holliday a breather from left-field duties while still keeping his bat in the lineup.
"The first [thing you do] is maybe figure out how to get our guys a little bit of rest," Matheny said of having the DH. "We have a couple of outfielders who are capable of going out there and doing a great job for us, and still being able to keep Holliday's bat in the lineup is certainly going to be a consideration."
The rest of the Cardinals' Interleague road contests came during an eight-game span in June, and because they were played consecutively, it allowed the Cardinals to structure their roster to handle the addition of the DH. Making such a move for just three days, though, would be more complicated.
Outfielder Randal Grichuk, who hit his 21st Triple-A homer on Tuesday, would have been the likely candidate had the Cardinals wanted to dip into their system for an extra bat.
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less