Veteran switch-hitter Lance Berkman struck out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning Tuesday night in his first action since returning to the active roster Saturday.

Berkman, who is coming back from knee surgery, said he feels able to play first base if needed.

Matheny wanted to see more mobility from the veteran before starting him.

The Cardinals expect Berkman to have what Mozeliak called a "diminished role" in the coming weeks, used most often as a pinch-hitter.