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• Carlos Beltran, who bruised his left knee while making a sliding attempt in the outfield on Sunday, said the condition of his knee improved as Monday went on. Beltran did not sustain any structural damage and was available to pinch-hit in the team's series opener.

"When I came here, I wasn't really able to put pressure on it," Beltran said after the Cardinals' 5-4 win. "Hitting-wise today, it wasn't an issue. But for me, it's not about hitting. It's about going into the outfield and being able to play a good defensive position."

Beltran's status is still considered day to day.

• Joe Kelly missed the chance to go for his first Major League triple due to some tightness he felt in his right upper calf while leaving the batter's box in the third inning. Kelly drilled a ball to deep center field, but the usually fleet-footed pitcher just coasted to second base.

That prompted a visit from Matheny and a trainer. Kelly convinced them that he would have no issue continuing to pitch, and the right-hander was left in the game. Kelly ended up throwing a career-best 6 2/3 innings.

• The Cardinals named outfielder Mike O'Neill and Miller the organization's Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month for August.

O'Neill, who also earned the honor in July, hit .415 with a .513 on-base percentage in 22 games with high Class A Palm Beach and Double-A Springfield last month. Miller, who will be promoted to St. Louis on Tuesday, highlighted his month with five wins and 53 strikeouts in six starts (37 1/3 innings). He posted a 2.89 ERA and walked just four batters.

• Mozeliak said that consideration was given to calling up outfielder Oscar Taveras for the final month of the season. However, Mozeliak added, "His day will come. It will certainly be sooner than later, whether it's this year or next. He's phenomenal."

Taveras, who has already been named the Player of the Year in the Texas League, has a .323 average, 37 doubles, 23 homers and 94 RBIs in 123 Double-A games this season. The 20-year-old outfielder will remain with Springfield during its upcoming playoff run.

• Country music artist Craig Campbell, who is performing in Columbia, Mo., later this week, was invited into the Cardinals' clubhouse on Monday to perform during an impromptu gathering.

• Carlos Beltran, who bruised his left knee while making a sliding attempt in the outfield on Sunday, said the condition of his knee improved as Monday went on. Beltran did not sustain any structural damage and was available to pinch-hit in the team's series opener.

"When I came here, I wasn't really able to put pressure on it," Beltran said after the Cardinals' 5-4 win. "Hitting-wise today, it wasn't an issue. But for me, it's not about hitting. It's about going into the outfield and being able to play a good defensive position."

Beltran's status is still considered day to day.

• Joe Kelly missed the chance to go for his first Major League triple due to some tightness he felt in his right upper calf while leaving the batter's box in the third inning. Kelly drilled a ball to deep center field, but the usually fleet-footed pitcher just coasted to second base.

That prompted a visit from Matheny and a trainer. Kelly convinced them that he would have no issue continuing to pitch, and the right-hander was left in the game. Kelly ended up throwing a career-best 6 2/3 innings.

• The Cardinals named outfielder Mike O'Neill and Miller the organization's Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month for August.

O'Neill, who also earned the honor in July, hit .415 with a .513 on-base percentage in 22 games with high Class A Palm Beach and Double-A Springfield last month. Miller, who will be promoted to St. Louis on Tuesday, highlighted his month with five wins and 53 strikeouts in six starts (37 1/3 innings). He posted a 2.89 ERA and walked just four batters.

• Mozeliak said that consideration was given to calling up outfielder Oscar Taveras for the final month of the season. However, Mozeliak added, "His day will come. It will certainly be sooner than later, whether it's this year or next. He's phenomenal."

Taveras, who has already been named the Player of the Year in the Texas League, has a .323 average, 37 doubles, 23 homers and 94 RBIs in 123 Double-A games this season. The 20-year-old outfielder will remain with Springfield during its upcoming playoff run.

• Country music artist Craig Campbell, who is performing in Columbia, Mo., later this week, was invited into the Cardinals' clubhouse on Monday to perform during an impromptu gathering.