Cardinals cleanup hitter Allen Craig says his foot injury won’t keep him out of what is sure to be a hard fought World Series against the Boston Red Sox.
Speaking to reporters on Sunday Craig said, “I’m happy with where I’m at. No complaints. I’m happy to be on the roster and give it a shot, so I’m really excited.”
Allen Craig hasn’t played in a game since suffering a left mid-foot sprain on September 4. During Wednesday night’s series opener at the Boston Red Sox he anticipates being the teams designated hitter.
“I think all indications are pointing that way,” Craig said. “I haven’t been told, ‘Hey, you’re on the roster,’ but given my progress, I think I’m in a good spot.”
General manager John Mozeliak said doctors believe Craig has progressed to the point that he’s not risking a major setback if he steps up to the plate. At the same time if his foot feels too sore at game time the Cardinals are only down a DH.
Mozeliak says of his cleanup hitters worth to the team, “He’s such a prolific hitter it’s definitely worth the chance. My understanding is he’s swinging the bat pretty well. If nothing else, he adds a little pop off that bench.”
While he hasn’t attempted to use the foot on defense, he wouldn’t play first base until the series moved to Busch Stadium for Game 3 of the World Series. At this time Craig is still wearing an orthotic device inside his shoe. Craig calls the foot brace a simple “precaution” for his rehabilitation.
Still filling in for Allen Craig is rookie Matt Adama. He has done a good job in taking over the spot since the foot injury.
Before leaving the game for a short rehab session Craig led major league baseball (MLB) with a.454 batting average during the regular season with runners in scoring position.
While the St. Louis Cardinals have performed well without Allen Craig on the active roster, having him return should give the team a leg up on the Boston Red Sox.
Do you think the St. Louis Cardinals have what it takes to beat the Boston Red Sox, even without Allen Craig in the lineup?