ATLANTA -- Just as they were prepared to finally take someone off the disabled list, the Cardinals were dealt another injury blow.
Skip Schumaker had to exit Wednesday's 10-7 to the Braves after suffering a right hamstring injury while retrieving a ball in the outfield. Schumaker was not optimistic about his chances of staying off the DL, either, telling reporters that he suspects he suffered a pull -- not a lesser strain -- of the hamstring.
"It's about as frustrating as it can get," Schumaker said. "It's not good."
While the rest of the team boarded a flight for New York, Schumaker stayed in Atlanta on Wednesday night. He will travel to St. Louis on Thursday to be examined by team doctors and undergo a magnetic resonance imaging test.
The injury occurred with one on and no out in the sixth, when Schumaker, playing right field, chased a hit off the bat of Jack Wilson. He briefly thought about making a diving attempt on the ball, but instead lunged to cut it off. That's when he felt the pull.
Though Schumaker finished the inning in the field, he was pinch-hit for by David Freese in the seventh.
"I don't like coming out of the game," said Schumaker, who began the season on the DL with an oblique strain. "It [ticks] you off more than anything. It's bad timing with everyone else being down. I would have liked to have stayed in... but I couldn't go."
Assuming Schumaker is headed for the DL, that answers the question of who will come off the roster when Allen Craig is activated on Friday.
The rate at which Cardinals players are getting injured has moved past the point of unusual and closer to absurd. Since the team's last off-day 20 days ago, the team has placed five players on the DL. Schumaker would be the sixth. That list also doesn't include lesser injuries to Freese and Carlos Beltran that have kept each of them off the field during this stretch, too.
"I've never seen anything like it," Schumaker said. "I've never seen so many guys hurt at one time. We have a very good team on the DL right now."
Since placing Jon Jay on the DL on May 16, the Cards have gone 6-9. Within a week of Jay being sidelined, another four players went on the DL. Wednesday's lineup featured only four of the eight starting position players the Cardinals used on Opening Day.
"You can't worry about that," Matt Holliday said. "We have to play with the guys we have and play the best that we can and go out and compete. I think we're good enough to compete and win games. That's no excuse. We have able players."
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.