SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 16: Allen Craig #21 of the St. Louis Cardinals is unable to catch a ball hit off the bat of Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants (not pictured) during the seventh inning at AT&T Park on May 16, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

Allen Craig Injury: St. Louis Cardinals To Send Slugger To Disabled List With Hamstring Issue

The St. Louis Cardinals could be without Allen Craig, who injured his hamstring; they're reportedly going to place him on the disabled list.

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Allen Craig Injury: St. Louis Cardinals Slugger Returns From DL Friday

The St. Louis Cardinals finally get some good injury news Friday: Allen Craig is set to come off the 15-day disabled list, 15 days after being scratched from an already thin Cardinals lineup with a sore hamstring. He's hitting .373/.424/.765 in his 13 games with the club so far—that's .301/.352/.540 in his career—and he's clearly deserving of a starting role in this depleted lineup. But his return leaves the Cardinals with an interesting conundrum: What do they do with Matt Adams?

Adams is probably ready to hit in the major leagues, but he can only play first base. Do they send him back down to Memphis for at-bats, or do they keep him on the 25-man roster as the small side of a platoon with Craig until Lance Berkman gets back? If Craig's hamstring problem has lingered at all it makes sense to keep a backup around, but it could be tough to find at-bats for Adams if Craig is ready to play every day.

For once, at least, the Cardinals find themselves with a good problem to have.


Allen Craig Injury: St. Louis Cardinals' Slugging Reserve Leaves Game With Leg Issue Wednesday

Allen Craig, the St. Louis Cardinals' reserve slugger and high-value insurance for perennially gimpy Carlos Beltran and Lance Berkman, left their Wednesday night win over the San Francisco Giants with an injury the Post-Dispatch is reporting to be hamstring trouble. With Beltran out of Wednesday's game and Jon Jay on the 15-day disabled list the Cardinals are suddenly very thin in the outfield, and could be for the remainder of their weekend jaunt against the Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers.

Matt Carpenter, a third baseman by trade and a first baseman as the result of Lance Berkman's injury-shortened April, could see additional time in right field if Craig and Beltran both miss time, with Skip Schumaker's continued absence from the infield benefiting second basemen Tyler Greene and Daniel Descalso.

We should know more about the status of Craig and Beltran in time for Friday afternoon's series finale against the Giants, but if one of them needs to go on the disabled list to make room for a Mark Hamilton or Adron Chambers the Cardinals could regret pinch-hitting Carlos Beltran on each of his first two go-arounds with this current knee issue.

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