Good news for Cardinals: Matt Carpenter in lineup for series finale

News-DemocratApril 28, 2013 

— Matt Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals exhaled Sunday when the training staff determined Carpenter was able to play in the series finale against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Carpenter injured his left oblique in a seventh-inning at-bat Saturday and was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning.

But he is playing second base and batting leadoff against left-hander Jeff Locke (2-1, 3.74 ERA) as the Cardinals go for two out of three. St. Louis will pitch right-hander Shelby Miller (3-1, 1.14 ERA).

First pitch is 1:15 p.m.

"I feel good, so I'm back in there," said Carpenter, who leads the National League in runs scored with 21. "Obviously, I felt something; it was an awkward swing, and I was stretching the rest of the game. But I didn't think it was anything serious."

Carpenter met with the training staff early Sunday morning at Busch Stadium and checked out OK.

"Just normal stretching and movement felt good," Carpenter said. "When you pull an oblique or hurt an oblique, you'll know."

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Carpenter was examined after the game Saturday and doctors expressed no concern.

"Everything seems to be good to go," Matheny said.

Here are the lineups:

CARDINALS (14-9)

Matt Carpenter, 3B

Carlos Beltran, RF

Matt Holliday, LF

Allen Craig, 1B

Yadier Molina, C

David Freese, 3B

Shane Robinson, CF

Pete Kozma, SS

Shelby Miller, P

PIRATES (14-10)

Starling Marte, CF

Jose Tabata, LF

Garrett Jones, RF

Gaby Sanchez, 1B

Pedro Alvarez, 3B

Russell Martin, C

Brandon Inge, 2B

John McDonald, SS

Jeff Locke, P

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