Chambers called up, joins Cards' outfield mix

Chambers called up, joins Cards' outfield mix

Chambers called up, joins Cards' outfield mix
LOS ANGELES -- A week after answering questions about how he'd find sufficient playing time for Allen Craig, manager Mike Matheny is now looking to replace him.

Craig was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday, and taking his place is Adron Chambers, who found out about the impending promotion on Thursday morning. He boarded a flight later that day and joined his new teammates at Dodger Stadium on Friday.

"It's unbelievable," Chambers said. "This is what we play for, to come be a Major League Baseball player. I'm just looking forward. I'm ready for the challenge, and I'm ready to see what I can do this year."

Chambers isn't a stranger to this level, though this is his first time in the Majors this year. Cut from Major League camp late in March, he hit .308 with a .377 on-base percentage in 37 games for Triple-A Memphis this year. All of Chambers' starts came in center field, though the Cardinals could have him play in either corner spot, too.

In his time with St. Louis last season, Chambers collected three hits in eight at-bats. He was also on the club's postseason roster, finishing 1-for-5.

With Chambers now in the mix, Matheny has several outfielders to mix and match. Matt Holliday will continue to be the everyday starter in left field. Carlos Beltran returned to the lineup on Friday and will start in right, as long as there are no recurring issues with his knee.

Skip Schumaker, Shane Robinson and Chambers can all play center field. Matheny said that he still will not hesitate to use Beltran there, even after Beltran's recent bout with knee soreness.

"I think it's going to be just as demanding [on Beltran] either place," Matheny said. "There are just some things that we're going to have to play around with."

Matt Carpenter remains an option at both corner outfield spots, and Matheny said on Friday not to forget the possibility of using Lance Berkman in right field, if there is a need.