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Skip Schumaker Injury: St. Louis Cardinals Lose Another Lineup Cog

The St. Louis Cardinals lose another utility mainstay thanks to another Skip Schumaker injury.

May 24, 2012; St. Louis, MO. USA; St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Skip Schumaker (55) slides past Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz (51) during the third inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE
May 24, 2012; St. Louis, MO. USA; St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Skip Schumaker (55) slides past Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz (51) during the third inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE

The St. Louis Cardinals just got Allen Craig back, and now it looks like another of their frequently used utility men is set to miss some time: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Skip Schumaker's hamstring injury is going to lead to a DL trip. Schumaker's already dealt with injury this year; he didn't appear in his first game until April 20 after starting the season of the disabled list with a strained oblique. In between he's put together some of his best hitting in a few years; splitting time between center field and second base he's hit .321/.378/.432.

In his place the Cardinals will be calling up Craig—who just got off the disabled list for a similar issue. Time at second base will be divided between Tyler Greene and Daniel Descalso (already filling in at third base in David Freese's absence) while Shane Robinson and Adron Chambers appear to be the only card-carrying center fielder on the roster until Jon Jay returns—unless the Cardinals are willing to try Carlos Beltran out there.

At some point the Cardinals' 15-day disabled list is going to have to get slimmer. In the meantime, they tread water.