The Cardinals have activated utility man Skip Schumaker from the disabled list. He will be in uniform tonight versus Detroit. Schumaker was placed on the DL on May 31st because of a hamstring strain. To make room for him the Cardinals have sent reliever Makiel Cleto back to AAA Memphis.
Schumaker is just finishing up a rehab assignment with Memphis in which he went 3 for 8. He hit .321 in 29 games before being injured.
Skip will provide much-needed leadership to a struggling team. With an unexperienced manager these kind of players are crucial to a team’s chemistry and success. With all the young players forced up to the big leagues, he provides a veteran presence in the locker room.
With the absence of Jon Jay, Schumaker will most likely be playing a lot of centerfield. When Jay comes back, he will play some second base too and fall back in to his accustomed utility role. Speaking of Jon Jay: As Schumaker’s rehab stint ends, Jay’s will begin with Memphis on Wednesday.