Don't expect Allen Craig back in the lineup for at least another week. The St. Louis Cardinals first baseman is still in a walking boot, and it is not slated to come off for at least a week. Craig should still be able to return before the season is out, but he will be cutting it close depending on how things go next week.
#Cardinals GM Mozeliak offers update on Allen Craig, who was re-evaluated today, will wear boot, is improving: http://t.co/GazbSvfA1Y
— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) September 12, 2013
Here's the full text of Cardinals' GM John Mozeliak updating Craig's status:
"Quick update on Allen," general manager John Mozeliak said in the Cardinals dugout this afternoon about cleanup hitter Allen Craig, who has been out a week with a foot sprain. "Obviously he got re-evaluated today. You may actually see him in a boot. There’s nothing for alarm. They just feel like he’s still at a volatile stage in the sense that as he’s improving they don’t want him to have a setback by being in a tennis shoe or running shoe. So for the next week or so he’ll be in this soft boot. Everything is positive. When this injury occurred we did not know when to expect him back. We still don’t know exactly. But we’re optimistic that he’ll play this year."
Basically, Craig is at a point where he can get better quickly, or he can hit a snag and potentially not play again this season. The latter is a frightening proposition for a team fighting for the National League Central crown. The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cardinals are tied at the top of the NL Central standings with records of 85-61. The Cardinals would love to have Craig back to put some additional pressure on Pittsburgh.
Craig is hitting .315/.373/.457 with 13 home runs this season. He has operated as the Cardinals' clean-up hitter for most of the year. Craig was selected to his first All-Star Game this season. The 29-year old is in his fourth Major League season. He is a career .306/.358/.492 hitter.
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