ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 28: Allen Craig #21 of the St. Louis Cardinals makes a leaping catch at the wall on a ball hit by Nelson Cruz #17 of the Texas Rangers in the sixth inning during Game Seven of the MLB World Series at Busch Stadium on October 28, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Allen Craig Injury: St. Louis Cardinals Outfielder Due Back Tuesday

Allen Craig injury update: The St. Louis Cardinals' slugging outfielder and World Series star could return as soon as Tuesday.

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Allen Craig Injury: Cardinals DFA Erik Komatsu, Add Allen Craig To Roster

The St. Louis Cardinals have finally activated OF Allen Craig, who has been injured since the beginning of the season. Craig takes the place of OF Erik Komatsu, who has been designated for assignment:

The Cardinals will have 10 days to trade or release Komatsu, or they can try to pass him through waivers for a minor league assignment. Komatsu played in 15 games for the Cardinals, hitting .211/.286/.211 in just 21 plate appearances.

Craig is recovering from off-season surgery is will likely resume his role as a fourth outfielder for the Cards.

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Allen Craig Injury: St. Louis Cardinals Slugger Could Return Vs. Pirates

Allen Craig injury watch could soon be a thing of the past: currently in the midst of a rehab stint with the AAA Memphis Redbirds, Craig is, according to a report from Jenifer Langosch, nearly ready to return to the St. Louis Cardinals' 25-man roster, and could be activated before their mid-week series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Craig had four hits in 11 at-bats with a home run in high-A Palm Beach, and he's gone 3-13 since joining Memphis, where he made his defensive debut as a first baseman on Sunday. Of course, the more important numbers came before his knee injury; in 2011, his breakout season, he hit .315/.362/.555 in 75 games while playing at every outfield position, first and third base, and even some time at the keystone.

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Shane Robinson and Erik Komatsu are on the 25-man roster bubble, while Matt Carpenter's playing time is likely to dry up as Craig takes his place as Lance Berkman's caddy at first base. When Berkman returns Craig will have to find his playing time between off-days for him, Carlos Beltran, and Matt Holliday unless Mike Matheny gives him another shot at third base.

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