ST. LOUIS -- Three weeks ago, Shane Robinson lost his roster spot when Lance Berkman returned from knee surgery. Now, with Berkman sidelined again, Robinson takes his job back.
The Cardinals recalled the outfielder from Triple-A on Friday and wasted no time getting Robinson involved again. He started in center field in the team's series opener against the Brewers.
"It's great to be back," Robinson said. "I missed all these guys. Just being here for a good part of the season and then having to go down there for a little while, you just miss being up here."
Robinson hit .265 during his 17-game stint after the July demotion. The biggest adjustment, he noted, was getting back into the routine of playing every day. Much of Robinson's time with St. Louis has been spent on the bench. He hit .256 overall and went 7-for-29 as a pinch-hitter.
With Allen Craig and Matt Carpenter available to play first base, the Cardinals did not need to fill Berkman's spot with another first baseman. That allowed the club to instead improve its outfield depth. Adding Robinson gives St. Louis a right-handed hitting outfielder to complement the left-handed hitting Jon Jay.
It should also limit the number of appearances Carlos Beltran will need to make again in center field. While Beltran is plenty of capable of playing the position, the wear-and-tear on his knees is likely less if he sticks in right field.