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Mired in slump, Peralta gets break from lineup

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ST. LOUS -- Stuck in a prolonged slump to begin his Cardinals career, Jhonny Peralta was out of Saturday's lineup against the Cubs. Daniel Descalso started at short, batting eighth.

Peralta entered Saturday hitting .063 and was 0-for-3 in Friday's contest before being getting subbed out in the eighth.

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ST. LOUS -- Stuck in a prolonged slump to begin his Cardinals career, Jhonny Peralta was out of Saturday's lineup against the Cubs. Daniel Descalso started at short, batting eighth.

Peralta entered Saturday hitting .063 and was 0-for-3 in Friday's contest before being getting subbed out in the eighth.

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"More reading his body, reading how everything was going, we could have given him one that last day on Wednesday before the off-day, given him two days," manager Mike Matheny said. "But we're more concerned with just getting him going, sometimes just throwing him back in there, but when that doesn't work, sometimes you give them some extra rest and hopefully they'll get in some extra swings and figure out what they need to do."

Peralta has just two hits in the Cardinals' first 10 games, both of which were home runs. Compounding the issue is that Allen Craig (.088) and Matt Holliday (.216) continue to struggle as well.

Matheny is confident the offense, including Peralta, will turn it around.

"This is a hard game, every aspect of it, especially on the offensive side and we're going at it the same way," Matheny said. "The guys are putting their time in and they are controlling everything they can control, with their attitude, their work level, their concentration. All the things that they can do, they're doing. They're just not getting the results and that's part of this tough game, but it's going to come around."

Joe Harris is a contributor to MLB.com.

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