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 c ouldn'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.