Allen Craig Injury: Updates on Cardinals 1B's Foot
St. Louis Cardinals All-Star first baseman Allen Craig left September 4th's game against the Cincinnati Reds with a left foot sprain, an injury that kept him out of the National League Division Series.
ESPN insider Buster Olney originally tweeted the unfortunate development for the Cardinals:
Oh, boy -- Allen Craig on the ground after rolling his left ankle. Coming out of the game.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) September 5, 2013
Craig was left off the NLCS roster vs. Los Angeles. He is on the roster for the World Series in a DH role. However, Craig started at first base for the Cardinals in Game 5.
From Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
From Bob Nightengale of USA Today:
Allen Craig talks his way into the #STLCards lineup, and will make his first start at 1B since Sept. 4, giving Cardinals a huge boost..— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) October 28, 2013
From Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com:
#STLCards Game 5 World Series lineup: Carpenter 4, Robinson 8, Holliday 7, Beltran 9, Molina 2, CRAIG 3, Freese 5, Kozma 6, Wainwright 1— Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) October 28, 2013
From Jim Bowden of ESPN:
Mike Matheny just told us that there is a chance that Allen Craig starts this game tonight final decision has not been made despite lineup— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) October 28, 2013
From Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports:
Changes for #STLCards: Shane Robinson batting second, Beltran fourth. Adams remains at 1B.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 28, 2013
From MLB Lineups:
From Tom Ackerman of KMOX.com:
Mozeliak's Craig update on KMOX: "Overall, we're optimistic he didn't go backwards or have a major setback." Hopeful he's available tonight.— Tom Ackerman (@Ackerman1120) October 27, 2013
The Cardinals continued:
CBS Sports' Mike Axisa has the latest:
"I feel okay," said Craig following Game 3. "It definitely was a little sore running home. We're going to see how it responds."
Craig was in the trainer's room receiving treatment immediately following the game. When asked by our own Scott Miller if he has any reservations about playing in Game 4 and beyond, Craig said he hopes not but has to see how his foot feel following treatment.
From ESPN's Jayson Stark:
Matheny on Craig's work at 1B: "Every day's another step. Today was one. And tomorrow we'll get him back on the field." Will also work in OF— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) October 25, 2013
From CBS Sports' Scott Miller:
GM Mozeliak says "unlikely" Craig could play 1B in Game 3. Matheny called his fielding today "beginning movements." But window not closed— Scott Miller (@ScottMCBS) October 25, 2013
Danny Knobler of CBS Sports confirms that Craig will be batting fourth in tonight's Game 1 lineup:
Cardinals Game 1 lineup: Carpenter 2b, Beltran rf, Holliday lf, Craig dh, Molina c, Freese 3b, Adams 1b, Robinson cf, Kozma ss. Wainwright P— Danny Knobler (@DannyKnoblerCBS) October 23, 2013
From CBS Sports' Scott Miller:
Matheny confirms the obvious: Allen Craig will be on roster and DH. But #stlcards also hoping he's well enough to play 1B in St. Louis— Scott Miller (@ScottMCBS) October 22, 2013
From Alex Speier of WEEI.com:
Craig will DH in Fenway, be re-evaluated in St. Louis but be available at least as a pinch-hitter.— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) October 22, 2013
Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch passes along a statement from Allen Craig discussing his possible availability for the 2013 World Series:
After he had worked out Sunday at Busch Stadium, Craig, who played in two interleague games as a DH in 2012-13, said, “We have our steady progression going. Today wasn’t any different. I feel like I’m continuing to get better and finding out what I can do. I’m happy where I am. No complaints.
“I’m happy to be on the roster and give it a shot. I’m excited.”
“All indications are pointing that way,” said Craig, who was a most valuable player candidate with 97 runs batted in with nearly a month to go in the season. “I haven’t been told, ‘Hey, you’re on the roster.’ But, I think, given my progress, I’m in a good spot.”
Hummel followed with Craig discussing what type of role he envisions for himself to start the series:
Craig hasn’t done any defensive drills yet, suggesting that he would only be a designated hitter in the first two games of the World Series.
“I think that makes the most sense,” said Craig.
“I’ve made some progress in the last week so I don’t see any reason why I can’t continue to improve,” said Craig. “I feel like we’ve timed it pretty well. The World Series is starting this week and I’m starting to feel better.”
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch confirms Allen Craig is expected to be available for the Cardinals during the 2013 World Series against the Red Sox:
Cardinals cleanup hitter and likely designated hitter in the World Series, Allen Craig, said after Game 6 that he feels his swing is ready and his left foot is healthy enough to be on the active roster. The Cardinals expect him to be at least an option off the bench during the games at Busch Stadium. How much he can tolerate on a foot that six weeks ago sustained ligament damage will determine his role.
“There are some things that I can improve on,” Craig said. “I’m happy with where I am. I feel like there is something I can work with now. I’m not going to miss the World Series for anything.”
Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com followed:
Allen Craig said he believes he's ready to open World Series as #STLCards DH.— Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) October 20, 2013
St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Derrick Goold has the latest on Craig:
Cardinals cleanup hitter Allen Craig, who has missed six weeks with a ligament injury in his left foot, took the equivalent of 10 at-bats in a simulated game Friday afternoon at Busch Stadium.
“It didn’t look like he really missed much (time), to be honest,” manager Mike Matheny said.
“If it's up to me, I’ll be there” for the World Series, Craig said. “I’m ready. I feel I can help.”
UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 17
Derrick Gould of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has an update on Allen Craig as he tries to get healthy to rejoin the Cardinals for their World Series push:
Craig will test his bat and his healing foot in a live batting practice session on Friday, and the pitcher he'll face will be just as noteworthy.
In a conference call this afternoon with media, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said that Craig will face, among other pitchers, lefty Jaime Garcia.
UPDATE: Monday, Oct. 14
Jenifer Langosch, AJ Cassavel and William Boor of MLB.com confirm Allen Craig took batting practice yesterday:
With a handful of teammates cheering and chanting his name as he stepped to the plate,Allen Craig took another small step forward in his rehab process on Sunday, when he took batting practice during the Cardinals' workout at Dodger Stadium.
It was the first time Craig had participated in outdoor BP since he suffered a Lisfranc injury to his left foot on Sept. 4.
Langosch, Cassavel and Boor followed with a statement from Craig discussing his recovery:
"We're continuing to progress," Craig said after Sunday's workout. "They have new challenges for me every day. We'll see how it goes. My swing feels pretty good. Obviously, it's not game speed. But there are things that I'll do over the next week or so to try and get ready if we can advance. We have to focus on this series first before we get too far ahead."
UPDATE: Friday, Oct. 11
From Fox Sports' Jon Morosi:
STLCards GM John Mozeliak says he's "not ruling out" Allen Craig for World Series if they advance, got a good report on Craig today.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) October 11, 2013
UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 10
From Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
From Jayson Stark of ESPN:
Matheny says "it doesn't look like" Craig will be active for NlCS. But "still progressing"— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) October 10, 2013
UPDATE: Friday, Sept. 27
From STLToday.com's Bernie Miklasz:
Cards will reevaluate Craig after 1st round (if they advance) but overall fair to say team is pessimistic.— Bernie Miklasz (@miklasz) September 27, 2013
UPDATE: Tuesday, Sept. 24
St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Rick Hummel has the latest on Craig:
Injured first baseman Allen Craig still has his sprained left foot in a boot and Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said X-rays will be taken of the foot on Thursday’s off day.
Otherwise, Mozeliak said, “Nothing’s changed.”
Mozeliak said that if Craig was able to take the next step in his recovery, it might involve him taking some swings against pitchers being schooled in the instructional league in Jupiter, Fla., or establishing a sort of simulated game here.
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