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Craig's comeback starts off well, Jay's takes a step back

The Cardinals have receieved good news about one of their recovering outtfielders -- but bad news about another.

Allen Craig, who hasn't been able to get off the disabled list this season thanks to lingering effects of knee surgery over the winter, played his first game of a rehab assignment Saturday night with Class A Palm Beach. He cracked a homer in his first at bat which is great news. While he's not facing the quality of pitching he will see in the big leagues, Florida State League parks aren't the easiest place to clear the boards. And if he can generate the power to hit a ball out, regardless of the pitching, it would seem to indicate that Craig has a solid base with which to work.

While Craig looks like he is nearing a return, apparently the reports about Jon Jay were overly optimistic.

Jay, according to the Cardinals pre-game show, took batting practice this morning and found his shoulder too sore to follow through on his swing. So Jay was sent back to St. Louis to have it re-examined and it seems that a trip to the disabled list may be in order after all.

The Redbirds are going to have to resolve their current injury system in one way or another because their limited bench really hurt the club in a close game Saturday night against the Pirates.

If Jay has to go on the disabled list, I would be surprised if the Cardinals rush to activate Craig. Instead they are likely to call up Adron Chambers to fill in until Craig is ready.

If Jay is out for an extended period, we might get to see what Carlos Beltran can do in centerfield with Craig moving into right or possibly even playing first base with Matt Carpenter in right.