ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 27: Skip Schumaker #55 of the St. Louis Cardinals walks on the field prior to Game Six of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers at Busch Stadium on October 27, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
The Cardinals made a few roster moves this morning in the wake of injuries and an under-performing bullpen: utility man Skip Schumaker was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring, Allen Craig was activated from the DL and lefty Sam Freeman was promoted to the redbirds' bullpen, reports Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com.
Pulled from Wednesday's game in Atlanta while fielding, Schumaker returned to St. Louis to undergo more tests yesterday but did not receive favorable results. Manager Mike Matheny told Langosch that Schumaker will likely miss 2-4 weeks.
Schumaker manned center field in seven of the team's last eleven games in the wake of John Jay's right shoulder injury, and hits the DL in the midst of an eight-game hitting streak. In 29 games this season, Schumaker is hitting an impressive .321/.378/.432 with seven extra base hits. This is already the 32-year-old's second DL stint of the season, having missed the beginning of the season with a strained oblique.
Allen Craig will take Schumaker's place on the roster, coming off a strained hamstring of his own. Craig was hitting a blistering .373/.424/.765 before he hit the DL on May 17.
Langosch also reports that left-hander Sam Freeman received the promotion from Double-A to the Cardinals bullpen this morning to give the team the second lefty reliever they have lacked since releasing J.C. Romero in mid-May.