MILWAUKEE - Matt Adams is "full go" for tonight's crucial third game with the Milwaukee Brewers, Cards' skipper Mike Matheny said.
Adams had been battling a sore oblique and sat out the first two games. "We've had eyes on him and he looks fine. He'll take batting practice and is full go for tonight."
Adams will return to the clean-up spot in the Redbirds order against Brewer right gander Kyle Lohse (12-8).
"Johnny (Peralta) does a good job there but I think we're at our best with Adams hitting clean up."
Matheny agreed that a couple days off would help the big lefty, who has struggled a little lately, dipping to .292 after spending most of the year above .300.
"It's not really bad timing," Matheny said of the short rest for Adams. "I'm sure there's a few guys who could use a break. But we've got to push."
Matheny said swinging at poor pitches has been one recent downfall for the Redbirds clean up man. "He doesn't have a lot of walks," Matheny said. "He's very aggressive at the plate."
Matheny also said he was very impressed with Justin Masterson's performance out of the pen. "He got ready in a hurry. And he came in and pounded the strike zone. That's very valuable against right handed lineups. This guy is no picnic to face. You don't see swings and misses like that on fastballs. Those sinkers are (very hard to hit)."
The Cardinals will send Lance Lynn (14-8) against the Brewers, who trail the Cards by three games going into tonight's action.
Cardinals are 25-20 since the break.
All-time, the Redbirds are 152-115 against the Brewers including 78-55 in Milwaukee.
Peter Bourjos (5 game hitting streak, 8-17). Also hit .360 in July.
John Jay. (8 game hitting streak, 13-30) .382 in August. .344 late in close games.
Kolten Wong. (3-8 in series.) His 43 hits since the All-Star break leads the team. .341 with RISP and two outs.
A.J. Pierzynski. (0-5)
Mark Ellis (0-5)
Daniel Descalso (0-5).