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Cardinals place Skip Schumaker on DL, activate Nick Punto

Apr 19, 2011, 3:49 PM EDT

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St. Louis placed starting second baseman Skip Schumaker on the disabled list with a strained right biceps that he suffered Friday and Nick Punto was activated to take his spot on the roster after being sidelined since late February following hernia surgery.

Schumaker’s injury likely pushed up the timetable on Punto’s return a bit, as he comes off the DL without going on a minor-league rehab assignment or seeing any action during spring training.

He was signed to be a utility man after spending the past seven seasons as Ron Gardehire’s favorite toy in Minnesota, but Punto could easily sneak his way into the lineup over other fill-in options Daniel Descalso and Tyler Greene if manager Tony La Russa falls in love with his defense or just really, really loves when someone slides head-first into first base.

  1. trevorb06 - Apr 19, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    Gleeman, this is perfectly written. It employes a good hearty sense of sarcasm behind Punto and his relationship with Gardy and it doesn’t use the word scrappy once. :-) Thank you.

  2. flapjack3285 - Apr 19, 2011 at 6:26 PM

    Woohoo, Aaron Miles makes his 2011 debut for the Cards.

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