Craig expected to come off DL on Friday

Craig expected to come off DL on Friday

ATLANTA -- A crowded Cardinals' disabled list is expected to become a little less so on Friday, when the team opens up a four-game series in New York against the Mets.

Having tested his left hamstring extensively over the past week, Allen Craig is set to come off the DL and provide manager Mike Matheny with another middle-of-the-order bat. Craig has been sidelined with a hamstring strain since May 17.

"[I] feel good," Craig said on Wednesday, after going through a variety of running tests earlier in the day. He has been participating in batting practice for several days and has gotten defensive work in both the infield and outfield.

Matheny said he won't hesitate to use Craig in either the outfield or at first base as soon as he's available.

If the Cardinals opt to keep Matt Adams on the roster, Matheny could find playing time for both Adams and Craig by using Craig in the outfield. Craig could spell Carlos Beltran in right field, and, when Beltran is healthy enough to play, Matheny could move Beltran to center.

Sandwiched between DL stints, Craig hit .373 with five doubles, five homers and 19 RBIs in 13 games.