Trio of injured Cardinals improving

Trio of injured Cardinals improving

Trio of injured Cardinals improving
ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals' walking wounded are making some progress.

Manager Mike Matheny said before Sunday's game that outfielder Jon Jay will head to Florida to continue his rehab work and outfielder/first baseman Allen Craig would likely travel with the club for its 10-game road trip.

"Allen's been doing most things with us already, so we're just probably going to stay on that," Matheny said. "With Jon, he needs to feel comfortable with what he needs to do."

Jay has been out with a sprained right shoulder that sent him to the disabled list on May 16.

"I want to get out there as soon as I can," Jay said. "But I'm trying to take the right steps first. I've hit in the cage three days now. The next step is to hit on the field, and that will be tomorrow."

Craig went on the DL with a left hamstring strain on May 17.

Infielder Matt Carpenter, who landed on the DL with a right oblique injury on May 23, is also making progress.

"I feel a lot better," Carpenter said. "I'm coming along pretty nicely, moving pretty well. Hopefully it won't be too much longer."

Carpenter hopes to be able to start hitting sometime next week.

"When I first did it, it literally felt like I was getting stabbed in the ribs," he said. "It's really gotten a lot better to the point now where the only thing that's bothering me is this one typical movement where if I thrust [a certain] way, I can feel it. But that sharp, stabbing feeling has gone away."