Matt Adams joins Cardinals list of walking wounded

Posted by Scott Wuerz on February 24, 2013 

Another day, another injury for the St. Louis Cardinals this spring.

First baseman Allen Craig missed the Redbirds' Grapefruit League opening game Saturday with a sore shoulder. On Sunday the guy who replaced Craig in the lineup, slugging prospect Matt Adams, was held out of St. Louis' 5-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox with a sore knee.

Craig's achy shoulder, similar to a problem suffered last week by top pitching prospect Shelby Miller, seemed just to be a matter of soreness associated with an increase in athletic activity. He bounced back Sunday with a hit in two at-bats. But Adams' knee issue seems to be more of a concern because the soreness was accompanied by swelling. 

So far, the Cardinals are taking a wait and see approach with Adams.

Miller will throw a live batting practice session Monday as a test of his shoulder. If he passes, he's likely to be penciled in for a spring training start later in the week, according to the Redbirds.

Shortstop Rafael Furcal, who couldn't play for the Cardinals during the stretch last season because of an elbow problem, has been working as a designated hitter so far this spring because he can't make the throw across the field. Furcal, according to the club, initially had a partial tear of a ligament in his elbow. That malady has supposedly healed. But not Furcal, who had a cortisone shot in his elbow over the weekend, is said to be suffering from a bone spur.

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