RHP Shelby Miller (7-8, 4.25 ERA) will make his first start since July 10 on Saturday. The Cardinals moved Miller to the bullpen to give him some rest as he dealt with lower back issues. Miller, 23, was unsure whether his mechanics led to the issue, or whether it was the other way around, but the right-hander says he feels strong. Miller pitched a scoreless inning of relief against the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 20 in his only bullpen appearance. He gave up four runs and five hits over five innings in his previous start. Right-hander Carlos Martinez will transition back to the bullpen to replace Miller.
RF Allen Craig continues to try to work his way through his season-long funk, but he didn't have much luck during Friday's 7-6 loss at Chicago. Craig, a career .292 hitter, went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts and saw his average dip to .240. Manager Mike Matheny said he's seen indications that Craig is working his way through it, including a double against L.A. Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw on Sunday. Matheny said a key is for Craig to "take some of that confidence, some of that success and turn it into consistency." Craig is hitting .146 in July and has just four hits in his past 30 at-bats. His last multi-hit game was June 24.
3B Matt Carpenter started Friday's 7-6 loss to the Cubs with three straight hits, including a solo homer to help erase an early two-run deficit, but it's his last two at-bats that will probably stick with him. Carpenter struck out both times, the second coming in the eighth inning with the tying run on third to end the threat.