Brad Miller is out for at least a few days with a strained hamstring.
“He’s not going to do anything today,” manager Eric Wedge said. “He’s sore and tight. We’ll just take it day to day. But it’s going to be at least a couple of days.”
Miller suffered the strain running to first on a sacrifice bunt in last night’s win.
“He runs hard and plays hard,” Wedge said. “I think it’s good we got him out of there when we did, so it doesn’t go to the next level.”
Carlos Triunfel will get the starts at shortstop and Nick Franklin will take more ground balls at shortstop pregame in case he needs to make a start there.
Justin Smoak is out of the line-up for the third straight day. Smoak has a tight quadriceps muscle and Wedge is choosing to rest him. Smoak is available as a defensive replacement late in games, like last night. But it bothers him when he runs the bases. Wedge expects him to be back in there on Monday in Detroit. Smoak’s injury hasn’t been an issue here in St. Louis with the lack of a designated hitter.