It's official: After his huge night Monday in Memphis, outfielder/first baseman Allen Craig will be recalled from his minor league rehab assignment today and added to the big league roster.
Craig hit .315 with 11 homers in 75 games with St. Louis in 2011. But he missed a large chunk of the season when he cracked his knee cap when the ran into the right field stands while trying to chase a ball hit down the first base line in Houston. Craig came back in time for the playoffs and hit .375 with a homer in the National League Championship Series before batting .263 with three homers in the World Series against Texas.
It was later revealed that Craig's knee was still bothering him and he required off-season knee surgery. Craig was initially thought to be on pace to be ready to play by opening day. But swelling in the knee late in spring training caused his rehab to be scaled back and he's missed the first 22 games of the season.
The Cardinals have not yet said who will be demoted to make room for Craig on the major league roster.
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Shane Robinson was the most unlikely player to make the opening day roster. He's not really a guy who was considered a bigtime prospect. He's small and he doesn't have a lot of pop in his bat. But he's hitting the best of the players on the bubble with a .419 batting average, a home run and a pair of doubles.
Matt Carpenter has done a great job filling in for injured first baseman Lance Berkman -- who is expected to return from the diabled list by the weekend -- with a .267 batting average, a homer, two triples and five doubles.
If those two remain, Erik Komatsu would draw the short straw. He's batting .211 with no extra base hits in only 21 plate appearances. But if the Cardinals want to demote Komatsu, a Rule Five draftee, they'll have to send him through waivers and he would almost certainly be claimed.