June 12: White Sox (33-27) @ Cardinals (31-30)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

I apologize for the lack of blog activity over the past week. I was away on some personal vacation time and then came back to find myself way too sick to function. All is better now, and the Cardinals hope that they can say the same after a much-welcomed off-day on Monday.

Matt Holliday, who missed time this weekend due to back spasms, is back in the lineup after reporting no back ailment following batting practice. He returns to the third spot in the order, and manager Mike Matheny moves Yadier Molina in front of him. Interesting spot for the catcher, huh? This will be the first time Molina bats second this season. This will be Molina’s 1000th career game and just the second he’s started as the two-hole hitter.

Injured utility players Matt Carpenter and Skip Schumaker were both taking part in batting practice with the team this afternoon. Schumaker tested his right hamstring extensively while running the bases, too. Carpenter is real close to going out on a Minor League rehab assignment, Matheny said, though Carpenter said he has not yet been told when or where he’ll go.

Chris Carpenter was also out on the field Tuesday, playing long toss during the early afternoon hours. He hopes to move his work to a mound soon.

CARDINALS LINEUP:

  1. Rafael Furcal (SS)
  2. Yadier Molina (C)
  3. Matt Holliday (LF)
  4. Carlos Beltran (RF)
  5. Allen Craig (1B)
  6. David Freese (3B)
  7. Tyler Greene (2B)
  8. Shane Robinson (CF)
  9. Adam Wainwright (RHP)

WHITE SOX LINEUP:

  1. Alejandro De Aza (CF)
  2. Gordon Beckham (2B)
  3. Adam Dunn (LF)
  4. Paul Konerko (1B)
  5. Alex Rios (RF)
  6. A.J. Pierzynski (C)
  7. Alexei Ramirez (SS)
  8. Orlando Hudson (3B)
  9. Jose Quintana (LHP)

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Good to have Carpenter back. Matt and Chris. Matt coming back just brings up a tough question that Metheny will have in the 2nd half: Who to play where? Not only does he have to consider the offensive, he also has to consider if the person actually can play the position and not be injured (Beltran-CF, Craig-2B, Berkman-anywhere). I like an everyday lineup, with the usual subs in a last game of a series or day game after night. LaRussa liked to move people all over, even putting people in defensive positions that were seemingly hodge-podge. Sloppy defense bothers me more than sloppy pitching.

WHEN IS IT OK TO GIVE UP ON TYLER GREENE … HE IS TOO SPOTTY TO BE TAKING UP A SPOT ON OUR ROSTER

Greene is out of options thus requires a spot on the major league roster or else is exposed to waivers if optioned out. He has shown flashes of his potential and is too good a talent to leave exposed. He may be the dreaded AAAA player (too good for AAA, not good enough for the bigs) but the Cards owe him the extended look he’s received. With Ryan Jackson likely at least a year away at short (and only his glove would keep him from being demoted) and Kolten Wong further out, what choice do they have? He wouldn’t fetch much on the market, although I would expect quite a few suitors for his services should STL give up on him

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