Several players could use day off from the field

10:18 AM, Jun 19, 2012   |    comments
April 28, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday (7) connects for an RBI base hit against the Milwaukee Brewers at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE
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(The Cardinal Nation Show / USA Today) -- The Cardinals will be the last team to use a designated hitter in interleague play this season when they play six games on the road at Detroit and Kansas City, starting Tuesday night. Their first nine interleague games were played at home.

Manager Mike Matheny said he likely will rotate his regular outfielders, Matt Holiday, Carlos Beltran and Allen Craig, at DH. Holliday, especially, could use a day off from the field as he nurses a recent leg injury although Beltran and Craig are in the same boat.

Beltran occasionally has trouble with a balky right knee, and Craig had knee surgery last November and hurt a hamstring this season.

Rookie Matt Adams probably will see plenty of action at first base when the Cardinals go to a lineup of nine hitters.

Right-hander Lance Lynn, who already has 10 wins for the season, will get two starts on the trip, opposing both Detroit and Kansas City for the first time in his career.


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