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Jon Jay, Allen Craig expected back Friday

The Cardinals expect both Allen Craig and Jon Jay to be back with the big league club by the end of the week, according to Fox Sports Midwest.

Jay was hitting .343 with a pair of home runs when he went down with a shoulder injury. Craig was batting .373 with five home runs and 19 batted in with only 13 games under his belt after missing the first month of the season following knee surgery. 

The pair will be a welcome addition to a team that has been inconsistent lately in scoring runs. Outfielders Shane Robinson and Adron Chambers seem the most likely candidates to be sent out to Class AAA Memphis.

Robinson was shipped out and barely had time to unpack before he was summoned back when Jay's shoulder flared back up. Chambers, who contributed significantly in late 2011 as an injury fill in, was called up when Craig strained his hamstring.

Those players are expendable because Skip Schumaker has been able to step up and play some centerfield lately. 

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