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Possibility of Craig Counsell playing for the Cards

If Ecks injury is more serious that previous than thought before what is the likelly hood that Craig comes to the way of the Cards. My guess is pretty good.

Counsell may rejoin club on Monday
Melvin not saying how playing time at shortstop will be split with Drew

Bob McManaman
The Arizona Republic
Aug. 20, 2006 12:00 AM

SAN DIEGO - Craig Counsell is scheduled to play in one more minor league rehabilitation game today with Class A Lancaster and then likely will be activated from the disabled list on Monday and join the Diamondbacks in San Francisco.

But then what?

Will Counsell immediately reclaim his starting job at shortstop, or will manager Bob Melvin continue to play slick rookie Stephen Drew and slowly work Counsell back into the everyday lineup?

Melvin isn't ready to announce anything, saying, "When he (Counsell) gets here, we'll talk about it."

But when asked how difficult it would be to take Drew - who is hitting .317 through 31 games - out of the lineup, Melvin offered the following:

"Stephen's going to play. Absolutely, Stephen's going to play."

He just wouldn't say how much.

Counsell, who went a combined 2 for 12 in a designated-hitter role for Triple-A Tucson, played shortstop for Lancaster on Saturday. He has been on the disabled list since July 15 with a right rib fracture.

Stats for the Year:

.278/.334/.366/.700 pretty much his career numbers