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Berkman’s presence batting fifth has given the Cardinals depth behind Pujols and Matt Holliday. Berkman has been hitting cleanup since Holliday injured his right hand a week ago and was batting .394 this month.

He was also among the league leaders with a .412 on-base percentage and has been adequate in right field, his first full-time duty as an outfielder since 2004.

“I’m at a point in my career where I’m OK going one year at a time,” Berkman said. “I don’t know how much longer I want to play or that I’ll be able to play at a high level.

“I want to earn my money and I feel like going year to year that’s the way to do it.”

Berkman’s presence leaves promising Allen Craig without a position for now. Craig was batting .308 with eight homers and 33 RBIs in limited duty and has been filling in at left field for Holliday.

“He’s an up and coming talent that is going to get a lot of playing time regardless,” Mozeliak said. “When you have that type of young player, you try to give him opportunities. But having someone like Lance and the opportunity to bring him back, it was just too compelling to pass up.”