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Allen Craig, Skip Schumaker headed for DL

The Cardinals will apparently have to put both second baseman and outfielder Allen Craig on the disabled list.

The players were examined by doctors yesterday and it does not appear that either Schumaker, who injured his elbow, or Craig, who has a pulled groin muscle, will be able to return for action soon enough to avoid being placed on the 15-day DL.

Daniel Descalso has played excellent defense in Skippy's absence, but he doesn't have Schumaker's productive bat. He's hitting .250 in 29 at bats with only one RBI. Schumaker was hitting only .241. But he had eight RBIs usually batting in the seventh slot of the order. Craig has been playing mostly off the bench. But he played admirably when Matt Holliday was out for an apendectomy. He's hitting .313 with a homer and seven RBI.

Shane Robinson, who has had a major league cup of coffee, might have been in line for a promotion to fill Craig's slot... But he's not available after breaking the orbital bone that protects his eye after an outfield collision. In 20 at bats before the injury, Robinson was hitting .400 in Class AAA with two doubles, a triple and six RBIs.

How other possible call ups are doing in Class AAA.

Memphis centerfielder Adron Chambers is hitting .333 with only one double in the extra base hits category. First Basemen Mark Hamilton, who made an impression in spring training, is hitting .297 while Matt Carpenter, who spent a lot of time at third base, is batting .235.