The key issues involved infielders Thursday as the Cardinals worked out at Busch Stadium before opening the second half of the schedule against Arizona in St. Louis on Friday night.
First baseman Albert Pujols, the centerpiece of almost every All-Star Game activity, took the day off, with the Cardinals citing "mild stiffness."
Injured infielder Mark DeRosa, sidelined since June 30 with a torn tendon sheath in his left wrist, took batting practice indoors Thursday and will go outdoors Friday for the first time since being hurt on a swing against San Francisco left-hander Randy Johnson.
DeRosa reported no pain Thursday but admitted that live batting practice is a different test. If DeRosa, hitless in his first nine at-bats since coming from Cleveland, has no setbacks, he could play this weekend. More likely, though, he would be taken off the disabled list next week as the Cardinals make a seven-game jaunt to Houston, Washington and Philadelphia.
Meanwhile, troubled infielder Khalil Greene, sidelined with an anxiety disorder, will go on a rehabilitation option for the third time, this time reporting to Class AA Springfield for four games. Greene has played only a handful of games for the Cardinals since late May.
--The Cardinals will play every day the rest of this month, beginning with a game Friday night at home against Arizona. They will be off five days in August and four in September. At 91 games, the Cardinals had played more games than anybody else in the major leagues before Thursday.
--After a brief three-game homestand, the Cardinals will begin a weeklong trip with three games at Houston. The Cardinals and Astros have played just three of their 15 scheduled games.
BY THE NUMBERS: 12 -- Walks issued by RHP Joel Pineiro in his first 17 starts, covering 115 1/3 innings.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I feel very good about making the All-Star team. It means people recognize you as a deserving player." -- C Yadier Molina, on his first All-Star selection.
--RF Ryan Ludwick, the cleanup man who is protecting 1B Albert Pujols in the lineup, finished the last week of the first half with four games of three or more RBIs. That included a two-homer effort Sunday night in Chicago.
--RHP Chris Carpenter, who ended the first half with two straight victories, will seek his eighth of the season Friday.
--General manager John Mozeliak said the Cardinals would be open to trade possibilities before the July 31 deadline. However, it doesn't seem they have the prospects to land either Toronto RHP Roy Halladay or Oakland OF Matt Holliday.
--RHP Kyle Lohse (strained right forearm) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 4. He began a rehab assignment with Class AA Springfield on July 2, and he was activated July 12.
--INF/OF Mark DeRosa (strained left wrist tendon) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 1. He will be re-examined after the All-Star break.
--SS Khalil Greene (social anxiety disorder) went on the 15-day disabled list June 29. He will begin a rehab assignment with Class AA Springfield on July 17.
--3B Troy Glaus (right shoulder surgery in January 2009) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27. He is rehabbing with the Palm Beach Cardinals.
--LHP Jaime Garcia (Tommy John elbow surgery in September 2008) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27. He likely will miss all or nearly all of the 2009 season.