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Allen Craig close to beginning rehab assignment

Apr 19, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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Lance Berkman is on the disabled list with a partially torn calf and Jon Jay exited today’s game with a shoulder injury, but at least one Cardinals hitter has some positive health news.

Allen Craig has progressed enough from offseason knee surgery that he could be cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment as soon as this weekend, according to general manager John Mozeliak.

That would start the 20-day clock for his return ticking, although that could be restarted if he suffered any kind of a setback along the way. Craig has been participating in extended spring training games, but only as a hitter.

  1. danbeachler - Apr 19, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    With Berkman and potentially Jay on the shelf, Craig will probably be on his rehab assignment for far shorter than 20 days.

    • okwhitefalcon - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:08 PM

      Mozeliak said “14 days, maybe sooner than that” this evening on KTRS 550.

      Good news.

    • ajcardsfan - Apr 20, 2012 at 9:31 AM

      They can put Robinson in and let him get his full rehab assignment in, don’t want him to do any damage that could take him out again.

  2. spudchukar - Apr 20, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    If Jay is indeed DL bound, it is at least time to add Matt Adams to the 40-man roster, so he can be called up quickly if needed. Yes, this might expose the likes of Kozma (who was a #1 drafter blunder), Anderson (who was 1 for 34 as of yesterday and is a defensive liability) or Freeman (who needs Tommy John surgery) to waiver claims. Adams isn’t going to dawdle in Memphis for 3 years anyway so make him available.

    Barring any setback 10 days ought to suffice for Craig, who should have honed his batting eye to MLB ready condition through his earlier successful Spring Training, recent minor league work, and a week of top notch AAA competition.

    A shift of Beltran to center, Carpenter or Craig to right-field, and Adams to first base, with Komatsu, Schumaker and Robinson viable defensive subs, St. Louis would still have a productive line-up.

    • stlouis1baseball - Apr 20, 2012 at 1:51 PM

      I hear you on Beltran Spud. But I am afraid that any more than about 15 innings in Center and his “production” will be gone! Hahaha! Joking of course. But I do feel we should only put Carlos in Center if it is absolutely necessary. Dude’s like 47 years old! He isn’t Jamie Moyer.

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