Cards Jon Jay, Matt Carpenter return from DL

The St. Louis Cardinals returned two players to their roster Friday, Jon Jay and Matt Carpenter. Matt Adams and Adron Chambers return to Memphis.

The St. Louis Cardinals returned two players to their 25-man roster, activating outfielder Jon Jay and corner infielder Matt Carpenter from the 15-day disabled list on Friday. To make room for Jay and Carpenter on the roster, the team optioned first baseman Matt Adams and outfielder Adron Chambers to Triple-A Memphis.

Jay, 27, had been on the disabled list since May 16, missing 35 games with a sprained right shoulder, the after-effects of an earlier collision with the outfield wall. The left-handed hitter went 3-for-7 with a home run, triple and three RBI in his two-game injury rehabilitation stint with Memphis.

Jay was batting .343 with two home runs, eight RBI and four stolen bases in 27 games to begin the 2012 season for St. Louis. He is expected to take over his regular centerfield spot, perhaps shifting Skip Schumaker to see more time at second base.

Carpenter was injured on May 22
Carpenter, 26, appeared in three games with Memphis and two games with Springfield during his rehabilitation stint. He was out with a right oblique strain that forced him to miss 27 games after being disabled on May 23. The left-handed hitter was batting .288 with three home runs and 20 RBI in 39 games played at the time of his injury.

Though he came up as a third baseman, Carpenter manned first base in 18 of his 24 games started with St. Louis. He can also play corner outfield if needed, but will likely primarily back up Allen Craig and David Freese at the corner infield positions upon his return.

Three of the four Cardinals remaining on the disabled list are pitchers: Chris Carpenter, Jaime Garcia and Kyle McClellan, along with Lance Berkman.

Adams, 23, was added to the 40-man roster and promoted from Memphis on May 20 when Berkman was placed on the DL. The left-handed hitting first baseman appeared in 27 games in his first stint in the majors, with a line of .244/.286/.384. Adams hit two home runs and drove in 13. Earlier, the reigning Player of the Year in the system batted .340 with nine home runs and 27 RBI in 37 games with Memphis.

Chambers, 25, was recalled from Memphis on May 18 when Allen Craig was placed on the DL. The left-handed hitting outfielder went 9-for-36 (.250) with three RBI and two runs scored in 23 games with St. Louis. His only extra-base hit was a triple. Earlier, Chambers batted .308 with one home run and 12 RBI in 37 games with Memphis.

Memphis' corresponding transactions to make room for Adams and Chambers have not yet been announced, but will be covered here via subscriber-based hot news items as soon as details are available.

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