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Hot-hitting Allen Craig headed for DL with hamstring injury

May 18, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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Allen Craig can’t catch a break.

He missed the first six weeks of the season following November knee surgery, returned to the lineup on fire by hitting .404 with a 1.284 OPS in 12 games … and is now headed back to the disabled list.

Craig strained his hamstring during Wednesday’s game and Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that he’ll be placed on the shelf before tonight’s matchup with the Dodgers, which along with Jon Jay being on the DL with a shoulder injury and Carlos Beltran missing the past four games with a knee injury leaves the Cardinals’ outfield very thin.

Last night first baseman/third baseman Matt Carpenter started in the outfield for just the second time in his entire professional career, majors or minors, and manager Mike Matheny went with 27-year-old career minor leaguer Shane Robinson in center field.

  1. stlouis1baseball - May 18, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    A once very deep outfield has suddenly become depleted. Geesh!

  2. okwhitefalcon - May 18, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Brandon Dickson has been recalled to replace Kyle McClellan and early word has Adron Chambers
    replacing Craig this evening.

    For those counting – Beltran, Berkman and Craig has shared the active roster 5 times since the season started.

    And…as of 9am this morning – per Joe Strauss of the STL Post Dispatch said Beltran was no “gimme” to play in LA this weekend.

    For those who dreamed of AC taking over 2B or Beltran sliding over to center to let AC get time in RF, it’s not happening anytime soon on any type of basis.

    • okwhitefalcon - May 18, 2012 at 11:14 AM

      And it appears John Gast will be replacing Dickson in Memphis, he was 4-2 with a 1.93 ERA in eight starts at Springfield.

  3. ajcardsfan - May 18, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    I saw Craig/hamstring and immediately cursed in my head. I would say the guy can catch a break, but something tells me he’d break his leg or arm in some cynical gesture from God..

    • ajcardsfan - May 18, 2012 at 11:18 AM

      can’t*

  4. sir1389 - May 18, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    SS-Furcal
    LF-Holliday
    1B-Carpenter
    3B-Freese
    C-Molina
    RF-Shumaker
    CF-Robinson
    2B-Descalso/Greene
    P

    That really isn’t that big of a deal. The biggest problem comes when you want to pinch hit. Cards are ridiculously deep. BTW I thought Chambers was a better CF than Robinson.

    • stlouis1baseball - May 18, 2012 at 11:26 AM

      I am with you on Chambers 1389!

    • okwhitefalcon - May 18, 2012 at 11:30 AM

      Berkman will be at 1B, Chambers and Robinson will likely platoon in CF with Carpenter/Schumacher being the first guy(s) off the bench when/if Beltran can play right.

      Carpenter looked insanely uncomfy in RF so wout there so who knows if he’ll even make another appearance..

  5. okwhitefalcon - May 18, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    This is definitely going to a test for Matheny, the video game offensive production is going to decrease and the starting pitching has fallen back to earth.

    Getting what’s left of the roster in the right place(s) is going to be a challenge, time for a few to step up.

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