Though we don’t yet know the severity of the shoulder injury St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay suffered during Thursday’s game, there is plenty of speculation and suggestion about what the club might do in response.
Already down one man due to a recurrence of Lance Berkman’s calf injury, the club appears to be ready to bring Skip Schumaker off rehab early for the second consecutive year. That is clearly a performance downgrade. As good as fill-in first baseman Matt Carpenter has been in the early going, he isn’t Berkman.
Of course, Schumaker is more relevant in the context of Jay’s potential replacement. Surely Skip can step in if needed, but what about the Cardinals bench? The immediate options in Memphis to backfill Jay’s roster spot, infielder Pete Kozma and outfielder Adron Chambers, haven’t started 2012 well with the bat.
Some of the anxious and excited, especially those who don’t understand or care how rosters work, want to see hard-hitting first baseman Matt Adams...