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Skip Schumaker exits with oblique strain

The Cardinals report that Skip Schumaker left today's game against the Marlins with an oblique strain.

That's bad news because it's the same problem he was having last year in the post-season. An oblique is an injury that tends to linger. And the fact that his apparently was still a problem after it troubled him in October and he had the whole off-season to rest isn't good news.

This may make Erik Komatsu's chances of making the club much greater on account of the fact that a lefty swinger who can play all three outfield positions is a little bit less redundant than it would have been with Jon Jay, Schumaker and Komatsu all jockeying for a roster spot.

Still, the Birds will be pretty shallow in the outfield with Schumaker and Allen Craig both out of commission at the start of the season. And that's not good news.

Schumaker also would have served as a back-up plan at second base should Tyler Greene not be able to finally stick at the major league level. But, should everyone else stay healthy, Daniel Descalso is a good Plan B for second base.

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