KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The St. Louis Cardinals are finally starting to get healthy.
Outfielder Jon Jay and first baseman Matt Carpenter were activated from the disabled list before Friday night's game at Kansas City, while right-hander Chris Carpenter threw to batters for the first time since March 18 because of a nerve condition in his shoulder.
To make room for Jay and Matt Carpenter, St. Louis optioned first baseman Matt Adams of Philipsburg and outfielder Adron Chambers to Triple-A Memphis. Adams was hitting .244 with two homers and 13 RBIs in 27 games with St. Louis. Chambers hit .250 with three RBIs in 23 games.
Jay was starting in center field and batting second against the Royals, while Matt Carpenter was playing first base and batting seventh in the series opener.
"It's good to have both back," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "It's good to have everyone healthy, and it's good to have some guys back for morale."
Jay hurt his right shoulder when he crashed into the outfield wall at Busch Stadium on April 16.