ST. LOUIS — Shortstop Pete Kozma will miss his first start of the season at 3:15 p.m. Saturday when St. Louis faces Milwaukee at Busch Stadium.
Kozma has played every inning in the Cardinals' first 10 games and is batting .297 (11-for-37) with one home run and five RBIs.
Daniel Descalso will get the assignment at shortstop as St. Louis attempts to hang another loss on Milwaukee right-hander Yovani Gallardo (0-0, 5.73 ERA).
"We've got a long run of games here, one," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "Two, we need to keep Dan sharp and I need to get him some exposure to shortstop, too, just in case we ever need to make any kind of movements in a game or when Pete does need a day."
Center fielder Jon Jay and catcher Yadier Molina are the only remaining regulars who have started every contest.
Matheny was noncommital about whether Molina will start the series finale at 1:15 p.m. Sunday.
"We'll have to see," he said. "He feels good. He's one of the guys who we rely on how he feels. We'll keep an eye on how he's moving around. If he starts getting banged up back there, which does happen, we'll adjust then.
"But we just had a day off (Thursday). The days off have been pretty good timing so far. The only other side of that is Tony Cruz. As much as you would like to get Yadi a little rest, you need to get Tony some game experience, too."
Gallardo is 69-43 in his career, but has gone 1-9 with a 6.72 ERA in 14 starts against the Cardinals, allowing 17 homers in 73 2/3 innings.
"We try and put together a good approach every day, regardless of who it is (against)," Matheny said. "We just know we have to be disciplined and stay in our game plan and try and trust that some of the things we've done in the past are successful."
Gallardo's only victory against St. Louis came on May 7, 2011, at Busch Stadium, a 4-0 decision in which he threw a one-hitter for eight innings. The only hit he allowed was a single by Descalso.
Gallardo faces a tall order against Cardinals hammer Adam Wainwright (1-1, 3.46 ERA). Wainwright is 8-6 with a 2.07 ERA in 24 career games and 17 starts against the Brewers.
St. Louis won Friday night 2-0 behind Shelby Miller, who worked seven shutout innings and permitted just one hit. Cardinals pitching has thrown 23 consecutive shutout innings.
Here at the lineups:
Jon Jay, CF
Matt Carpenter, 2B
Matt Holliday, LF
Carlos Beltran, RF
Allen Craig, 1B
Yadier Molina, C
David Freese, 3B
Daniel Descalso, SS
Adam Wainwright, P
Norichikia Aoki, RF
Jean Segura, SS
Ryan Braun, LF
Rickie Weeks, 2B
Logan Schafer, CF
Martin Maldonado, C
Yuniesky Betancourt, 3B
Blake Lalli, 1B
Yovani Gallardo, P
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