St. Louis Cardinals rookie first baseman Matt Adams is on course to return from the DL on Tuesday when he is eligible, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Adams (oblique) will join Double-A Springfield today to start a rehab assignment, then join the Cardinals in Chicago on Tuesday. Adams is looking forward to getting back into live games.
“Seeing live pitching will really, really help,” Adams said. “I have the opportunity, and that will let me get my timing down and be ready to go Tuesday.”
Adams hurt his oblique during batting practice on April 22nd and was placed on the DL a few days later after failing to recover from the problem quickly. Over 118 plate appearances with the Cardinals, spanning this season and last, Adams has a .309/.356/.527 line. As Goold notes, Adams won the 2011 Texas League MVP award, also at Springfield, slugging 32 home runs in just 463 at-bats to go along with a .300 average.
Adams' return will pose an interesting conundrum for the Cardinals, who already have Allen Craig at first base. Craig has also played left and right field for the Cardinals, but with Carlos Beltran in right and Matt Holliday in left, there is not room for all four. After posting a 137 OPS+ in 2012 and even garnering a few MVP votes, Craig has started slowly in 2013 and has yet to hit a home run, although he does have 9 doubles with 18 RBI. Adams has never played anywhere other than first in the majors, so if he does get in the lineup, it's likely to be at Craig's expense unless Holliday or Beltran suffer an injury.
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