Allen Craig's knee problems have created the chance of a lifetime for Cardinals farm hand Shane Robinson.
I didn't see any chance Robinson would make the roster when the Redbirds reported to camp. And it would seem the odds could only greatly decrease with the fact that Rule Five outfielder Erik Komatsu made the club.
But after a strong spring -- and the decision that it's better to let Craig heal to the point that he can play all phases of the game as opposed to appearing soley as a pinch hitter -- Robinson is getting a third and maybe last chance to prove he is capable of playing in The Show.
Robinson, has been called up twice before for proverbial cups of coffee. In 2009 he was called up as a 24 year old and hit .240 in 11 games with the Cardinals. Last season he was brought up and made eight appearances at the plate in nine games without a hit to drop his career major league batting average to .188.
While it's unfortunate circumstances that have brought Robinson to this point, his major league opportunity is not a charity case. He's a capable outfielder who hit .299 last season in Class AAA Memphis and has a reputation in the minors as a "money" player. Robinson could be a fifth outfielder sort on a major league roster -- a latter day Joe McEwing over acheiver. But at 27 years old he's running out of chances.
So, while I am hoping for Craig to come back as soon as possible to