Allen Craig (Courtesy: US PRESSWIRE)
St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - The St. Louis Cardinals have activated utility player Allen Craig from his the 15-day disabled list for Tuesday night's series opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Craig had been on rehab assignment with the club's AAA team in Memphis. He batted .353 with 7 RBIs in four games. Prior to playing in Memphis, Craig hit .364 with one home run and an RBI in three games at the franchise's single-A affiliate in Palm Beach, Florida.
To make room for Allen Craig on the team's 25-man active roster, the Cardinals have designated 24-year-old Erik Komatsu for assignment.
Craig, 27, had surgery on his right knee in the off-season.
Allen Craig played in 75 games for the Cardinals last season, batting .315 with 11 home runs and 40 RBIs.
Komatsu has what is called "Rule 5 status" which means he has to spend the entire season on the 25-man roster. Because the Cardinals have designated him for assignment, he will first need to clear waivers. This means any club has until 5 p.m. Thursday to claim and sign him. If he clears waivers the Cardinals than must then offer him back to his original team, the Washington Nationals, who could reclaim him. If they do not, he can then be sent to the minor leagues and remain inside the Cardinals organization.