Cardinals place Craig on DL, promote Brown

Cardinals place Craig on DL, promote Brown

MILWAUKEE -- Outfielder Allen Craig's injured right knee hasn't improved enough to convince manager Tony La Russa that he's ready to return to the lineup.

The Cardinals placed Craig on the 15-day DL, retroactive to June 8, with a knee contusion, and called up rookie outfielder Andrew Brown on Sunday. With the callup, Brown becomes the sixth Cardinal to make his Major League debut this season. The 26-year-old hit .351 with 11 home runs and 41 RBIs during 50 games with Triple-A Memphis.

"Last year, he started to find himself," La Russa said of the Cardinals' 18th-round pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft. "He came to Spring Training, and he wasn't on the roster and he wasn't invited, but there came a few times where we needed help, and he was impressive in Spring Training and just carried it into the season."

Outfielder Matt Holliday made progress with his left quad injury and should be ready to play Thursday, La Russa said. Holliday joined the team on Saturday and took part in a full workout on Sunday.

During Holliday's absence the Cardinals have used Jon Jay in right field and switched Lance Berkman to left field. La Russa said as soon as Holliday returns, Berkman will be shifted back to his customary spot in right field.