MRI reveals tear for Schumaker

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

The Cardinals appear likely to open the season without Skip Schumaker, who had his oblique injury diagnosed as a tear by an MRI exam on Monday.

Schumaker sustained the right oblique injury during an at-bat on Friday, but it wasn’t until Monday that the Cardinals received a more firm diagnosis on the severity. An oblique tear can also be characterized as a strain, and it is the same injury that Schumaker suffered during the postseason last year. He missed the National League Championship Series as a result.

The club does not currently have a timetable for Schumaker’s return to baseball activities, but oblique strains can linger. The timetables for such injuries also widely differ from case to case.

With Schumaker sidelined indefinitely, the Cardinals’ second base competition becomes a two-man battle between Tyler Greene and Daniel Descalso. How Schumaker might fit back into that second base mix will be determined both by how he fares when he returns and what type of production the Cardinals are already getting at the position.

Assuming Schumaker begins the year on the disabled list, the Cardinals will also have another bench spot to fill. The club will have to keep at least one extra outfielder and likely even put a second on the 25-man roster until Allen Craig returns. Craig, who is recovering from right knee surgery, is also set to begin the year on the DL.

Schumaker has been on the DL only one other time in his career, that coming last spring when he hyperextended his right elbow.

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