The Cardinals have lost another pitcher for the season. Righthanded reliever Kyle McClellan had shoulder surgery Tuesday and precedes righthanded starter Chris Carpenter, who will have shoulder-related surgery next week, into the repair shop.

But in another day or so, the Cardinals should have all their prospective position players active for only the third game all season.

First baseman Lance Berkman, out since late May after having surgery on his right knee, is ready to play. And, no, he won't be appearing at Class AA Springfield — or any other stop on the rehabilitation trail.

After a vigorous workout Thursday before the Cardinals headed for Cincinnati and the start of a three-game series tonight, Berkman traveled with the team and said he hoped to be activated Saturday. Manager Mike Matheny said he needed to see a bit more of Berkman in workouts before making that decision, but also said Berkman would be playing at some point on this six-game trip, which includes a set in Milwaukee.