It was not necessarily one of those "happy flights" the Cardinals took to Pittsburgh on Thursday night after their 6-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium.

After winning 10 consecutive getaway-day games in September and October covering the regular season and postseason last year, the Cardinals dropped two of those in the World Series with Texas. Then, after winning twice before traveling this year, they dropped their second getaway day in a row this year Thursday.

The "happy flight" theme coined by shortstop Rafael Furcal, starting last September in Pittsburgh, probably took on a more subdued nature after Thursday's game.

The airplane left with first baseman Lance Berkman and center fielder Jon Jay on it. But those players won't be playing soon as Berkman will be placed on the 15-day disabled list today with a strained left calf and Jay suffered a right shoulder sprain Thursday that will keep him out a while.

Those injuries will force alterations in the Cardinals' lineup. Carlos Beltran will hit fourth against righthanded pitching and not second. Jay won't be hitting second either, so that may fall to incoming Skip Schumaker or perhaps rookie Matt Carpenter, or maybe Daniel Descalso or Tyler Greene.

Unlike during much of the spring, there isn't any concern about the leadoff spot in the order. Furcal, 34 and healthy, is blasting from the past.