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Carpenter might avoid DL stint

Hopefully, Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter will be able to avoid the disabled list.

He pulled up in pain at second base in the first inning Tuesday night after hitting a double and had to leave the Redbirds' 4-0 win over the Padres. Indications from his body language were that he had strained an oblique muscle.

But Carpenter told reporters after the game that he was feeling much better and the injury was considered to be day-to-day as opposed to worthy of a trip to the disabled list. Of course, we'll see what happens when he shows up at the park today.

Speaking of injuries...

I wonder if Skip Schumaker has a lingering issue. He's always been a better outfielder than a second baseman. But, with starting centerfielder Jon Jay on the disabled list with shoulder problems, manager Mike Matheny seems more inclined to play youngsters Shane Robinson and Adron Chambers in center.

Neither of those players is nearly as accomplished at the plate as Schumaker. So there has to be something behind his playing time. If there is no injury, there must be something to the rumors that Skippy has lost a step or two in the outfield. And if that's the case, I wonder what his future is with this team.

Last night Mike Shannon went on and on about the speed of Chambers during an at-bat that ended in his first base hit of the season. Chambers, almost on cue, took off in an attempt to steal second base... And he was promptly thrown out and sent back to the dugout.

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