"I mean, why not?" Berkman said. "I'll hit eighth, I don't care."
Mills said he considered hitting shortstop Tommy Manzella second, but ultimately, Berkman's patience at the plate was important at the top of the order. Berkman is 1-for-6 in the series entering Sunday.
"He's still getting his walks," Mills said. "I'm hoping he'll get some fastballs to hit, and hitting second in the order, that might help him."