CHICAGO -- Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran was out of the lineup for a second straight day Friday as manager Mike Matheny tries to get him going at the plate.
Beltran, who is hitting just .197 in July, has not started in four of the 14 games since the All-Star break.
"When I saw him two days ago, he was really fighting and I knew that one day probably wasn't going to be enough," Matheny said. "He was pretty good today but understood that the second day can sometimes be a lot more beneficial.
"I don't think anybody has any question how valuable he is to us, so to sacrifice one day to get him in there and get back to where he had been for a good part of the season was a good trade."
The switch-hitting Beltran is hitting .287 with 22 home runs and 71 RBI overall in 94 games this season. Matheny has been proactive in giving the 35-year-old extra rest for his knees, which have bothered him in the past.
Beltran downplayed any possible injury or soreness before Friday's game, sa...