The Cardinals have recalled minor league corner infielder and outfielder Allen Craig from Class AAA Memphis.
According to the Major League Baseball transaction report, Craig will replace unused pitcher Evan MacLane on the big league club. Craig was hitting .275 with a pair of homers and 20 RBIs since being returned to Memphis. He hit only .056 in his first stint with the Cardinals... And I'm not sure why the team thinks he's going to do any better in the same extremely limited role this time around.
MacLane, frankly, was called up to the majors as an insurance policy when Brad Penny and Kyle Lohse went down with injuries. He was 3-4 with a 3.86 ERA in Memphis but has given up 72 hits in 63 innings. Others. including Lance Lynn and Brandon Dickson have better numbers. But the Cardinals apparently didn't want to play games with their development to address a short term problme. MacLane didn't make it into a game with the big league club during his short stay.
Joe Mather, also a victim of the roster shuffle, is batting .333 since being shipped back to Class AAA. He's also scored a couple of runs in two games for Memphis and is in the starting lineup today.
Also playing well since returning to Memphis is infielder Tyler Greene. In his last 10 games, Green is hitting .386 with three doubles, two triples and a homer. He's scored nine runs and has driven in six.