St. Louis Cardinals

Bourjos: Playing GM can be an interesting diversion as trade deadline approaches

St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Peter Bourjos said Monday that he and a few of his teammates discuss trades that are made and look forward to more during deadline week.

“I think when we’re sitting around eating dinner, that’s something (we do),” Bourjos said. “Not so much when we’re at home, hanging out watching TV. We’re not texting each other about that. But while we’re having dinner, we’ll be watching MLB Network and we’ll be talking about it.”

Bourjos said players try to think like general managers as the trade deadline approaches.

“I think everybody has (played GM). The fans do, too,” Bourjos said. “There’s so much that goes into it and you don’t know what direction a team is going to want to go with the values of players and how other teams view you and what not, so it’s kind of hard to do that. But I think everybody has fun with, ‘If we get this guy, it will really put us over the top.’”

The Cardinals already have traded for reliever Steve Cishek and could remain in the hunt for a first baseman, with Milwaukee’s Adam Lind perhaps being a target.

Bourjos said the buzz the week before the deadline is good for the game.

“I think there’s a lot of excitement around baseball,” Bourjos said. “This is a pretty busy time. You see a lot of stuff popping up, a lot of rumors. We kind of take it with a grain of salt because for every hundred rumors, maybe one trade happens. I think it’s more entertainment than anything.”

The nonwaiver trade deadline is 3 p.m. Friday.

No air? No problem

Air conditioning at Busch Stadium was not functioning properly for much of Monday, leaving the normally cool Cardinals clubhouse a bit more uncomfortable than usual.

Reliever Kevin Siegrist was standing in front of a large fan that was brought into the clubhouse to facilitate the movement of air.

Matheny said the lack of air conditioning didn’t bother him a bit.

“Maybe it’s because I grew up and we never had AC,” said Matheny, who was raised in Columbus, Ohio. “It’s not that big a deal. We’ve got it now. My wife (Kristen) keeps it at about 47 degrees, I think. I think we’re trying to raise penguins, but she hasn’t shown them to me yet. I’m convinced they’re somewhere in the house.”

Most of the summer hasn’t been extremely hot. This week is the exception, but Matheny complimented his players for not making it an issue.

“It’s not really much of a conversation, really,” he said. “We have a group of guys that concentrate on not complaining much. It’s a pretty good gig we’ve got. Some days, it’s going to be a little hot. We can also see it as an opportunity for it to be an advantage.

“There’s teams that come in here, and I remember being on one of those teams and talking about how you have to prepare for the heat. Our guys, once they get used to the hydration and used to controlling the sweat, it’s just another day.”

Day off for Holliday

Left fielder Matt Holliday, who Matheny had originally planned to rest Sunday afternoon, instead was given Monday off. Rookie Stephen Piscotty started in left.

Matheny explained that he didn’t want to rest Holliday, catcher Yadier Molina and shortstop Jhonny Peralta on the same day. Molina and Peralta didn’t start Sunday, although both pinch-hit.

First baseman Mark Reynolds was also held out again Monday. Reynolds was struck on the left hand with a pitch Saturday. He was available to play, but Dan Johnson started at first.

The latest on Walden

Reliever Jordan Walden allowed a hit and struck out two in his second rehab outing Sunday night for Class AA Springfield. Walden has been sidelined since April 30, but is expected to rejoin the Cardinals as early as this week.

“He said he felt great,” Matheny said. “He gave up a hard-hit ball early and then shut the door after that. We’re going to wait and see (what to do next).”

Minor moves

Left-hander Tim Cooney has been placed on the seven-day disabled list with appendicitis. Cooney registered his first major-league win Friday against Atlanta, then was optioned to Class AAA Memphis.

Reliever Mitch Harris was activated from the disabled list Monday and sent to Memphis.

Contact reporter David Wilhelm at or 618-239-2665. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidMWilhelm.