ST. LOUIS -- Ryan Theriot was removed from the Cardinals' game on Friday night in the fourth inning due to a bruise on his left shin, the result of his being hit by a pitch three innings earlier.

Theriot was hit on the left shin by a Randy Wolf pitch in the first inning. When he got to second base following a Colby Rasmus single, the Cardinals' training staff came out to check on him, but he remained in the game. Theriot took another at-bat, singling in the third, before being removed.

"It just got a little bit more sore as it went on," Theriot said. "I kind of wanted to see if it would loosen up as the game went on. But it didn't."

Daniel Descalso pinch-hit for Theriot with two outs in the fourth, and was also hit by a pitch. Theriot joins a list of ailing Cardinals infielders, as second baseman Skip Schumaker and third baseman David Freese are on the disabled list.

Berkman out of Cardinals' lineup against Wolf

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals manager Tony La Russa decided not to find out what happens when a staggering hot streak collides with a nemesis pitcher.

Lance Berkman has been as torrid as any player in baseball for more than three weeks, but he's also 3-for-27 lifetime against the Brewers' Friday night starter, Randy Wolf. La Russa did not specifically cite Berkman's numbers against Wolf in explaining his decision to give Berkman a night off, but he didn't really need to. La Russa is well known for paying attention to matchup statistics such as that one.

"It just makes sense to give him one, and today is the day," La Russa said.

In his place, Allen Craig got the start in right field. Berkman is expected to return to the lineup on Saturday. Friday's lineup featured only one left-handed hitter, Colby Rasmus, against a pitcher who has shut down lefties this year. Left-handed batters entered Friday's game with a 3-for-24 (.125) mark against Wolf, with no extra-base hits.

Tallet about two weeks away from returning

ST. LOUIS -- Brian Tallet is likely still about two weeks away from returning to the Cardinals.

Tallet, who has been out since April 12 due to a broken bone in his right hand, was told Friday that he must wait one more week before he is permitted to catch a baseball. Throwing has not been a problem at any point for the lefty, who is throwing bullpen sessions every other day. But catching a ball is still off-limits.

"The doctor, when I went and got my stitches out [a week ago], he looked at the X-rays and he said two weeks at that point," Tallet said Friday. "We were hoping we could bump it up a week. Today came around and they talked to the doctor and he still wanted to wait another week. He said most of the time, these kinds of injuries will take at least six weeks, so actually you should be pretty happy."

Once Tallet can catch again, he'll likely go on a Minor League rehabilitation assignment soon after. Thus, the likely timetable is approximately two weeks before he's back on the active roster again.

"I'm stir-crazy," he said. "I'll be the first to tell you, I want to get back out there and contribute to what this team is trying to accomplish."

Cancer survivor Nicks will be Cards' bat girl

ST. LOUIS -- Alissa Nicks will serve as the Cardinals' honorary bat girl on Sunday, Mother's Day, as the club joins Major League Baseball in participating in the annual Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer initiative.

Nicks is a breast cancer survivor, having been diagnosed with the disease in 2000, at the age of 17. She has been in remission for 10 years now, and is the leader of the "Alissa's Hope" team in the annual Race for the Cure. Alissa's Hope raised nearly $20,000 in the 2010 Race for the Cure, the fundraising event that helps to raise awareness of breast cancer and fund research to defeat the disease.

As part of the event, Nicks will participate in pregame activities for Sunday's game and will be honored in an on-field ceremony.

Baby birds

• Andrew Brown went 3-for-4 with a home run, but Triple-A Memphis lost to New Orleans on Thursday, 5-4, in 11 innings. Brown's homer was his first of the year after he hit 22 last year in Double-A.

• Tommy Pham reached base four times and scored three runs, leading Double-A Springfield past Northwest Arkansas, 5-2 on Thursday.

• Class A Palm Beach let a 5-0 lead get away and lost to Fort Myers, 6-5. Xavier Scruggs, Travis Tartamella and Luis Mateo all went deep for Palm Beach on Thuesday.

• Oscar Taveras made it nine games with a hit in nine tries when he went 2-for-6 in Class A Quad Cities' 4-3 loss to Kane County. Taveras is 8-for-22 since returning from the disabled list.

Pham earns player of the day honors. He went 2-for-3 with a triple, two walks and three runs. Over his past six games, Pham has 10 hits and seven walks. He's batting .295 with a .390 on-base percentage and a .557 slugging percentage for the year. Pham, 23, was a 16th-round Draft pick in 2006.