ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals returned to a 12-man pitching staff on Monday, optioning left-hander Evan MacLane to Triple-A Memphis and recalling outfielder Allen Craig from Memphis.
Craig, 25, made the Cardinals' Opening Day roster but scuffled at the plate in part-time duty, going 1-for-18. He was optioned in late April but is now back for a second stint in the Majors. Craig hit .275 with a .345 on-base percentage and .382 slugging percentage in 28 games at Memphis. Those numbers reflected improvement after a slow start at Triple-A following his demotion.
"We asked for help, and that's who they recommended," manager Tony La Russa said. "He's got his stroke going. He's still in position where he needs a lot of at-bats, but we're just going series to series, week to week right now."
MacLane had been summoned from Memphis to provide depth over the weekend for the Cardinals' bullpen but did not appear in a game. He rejoined the Triple-A starting rotation, taking the ball for Memphis on Monday afternoon.
Just as noteworthy as the move was the corresponding non-move. The Cards kept Adam Ottavino on the Major League roster rather than sending him out after his start on Saturday in Chicago. La Russa confirmed that Ottavino is scheduled to receive a second start, on Saturday against Milwaukee. Adam Wainwright will pitch on Friday against the Brewers, with Jaime Garcia getting the series finale on Sunday.
"He did all right," La Russa said of Ottavino. "He did pretty good. I think he did better than pretty good, actually. When he hits his delivery and his timing together, he can pitch."