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Cardinals activate Allen Craig, put Skip Schumaker on DL

Jun 1, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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Another day, another Cardinals player on the disabled list, as Skip Schumaker was placed on the shelf with a right hamstring strain.

This time around at least the Cardinals are getting a key player back off the DL, as they activated Allen Craig following the minimum 15-day stay for a hamstring injury of his own.

Craig was on fire before the injury, hitting .373 with five homers, five doubles, and a 1.188 OPS in 13 games after making his delayed debut following offseason knee surgery.

Obviously swapping Schumaker for Craig is an upgrade for the offense, but with center fielder Jon Jay suffering a setback with his shoulder injury the Cardinals could have used Schumaker’s defensive versatility. In theory Craig is capable of playing some second base or center field in a pinch, but that was an iffy proposition even before his knee and hamstring problems.

St. Louis’ disabled list now includes Schumaker, Jay, Lance Berkman, Matt Carpenter, Chris Carpenter, Scott Linebrink, and Kyle McClellan.

  1. rooney24 - Jun 1, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Does Beltran have the wheels to still play a little CF? Probably not everyday, but Craig would be a better fit in RF than CF if you put him in the OF. Given the number of injuries they have had, and that Wainwright has taken a while to find himself, they have played pretty well. If they can get even a little more healthy, they could be a force through the rest of the season and postseason.

  2. okwhitefalcon - Jun 1, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Craig in RF and Carlos Beltran making his first start in CF tonight against the Mets.

    Very cool of Beltran to give it a go in CF but God forbid one gets hit in the gap tonight, stay tuned.

    The STL Post Dispatch is reporting John Jay will be shut down an addtional 7-10 days to “rest” and will not be returning from the DL on time.

    Speculation from the trustable scribes in STL also have Jaime Garcia being DL’d if no mprovement on his elbow is detected by the end of the weekend.

    The hits keep coming and the well is dry, let the overexposure continue.

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