CINCINNATI (AP) St. Louis first baseman Allen Craig has a sprained left foot but no fracture, a big relief for a Cardinals team that feared it had lost its cleanup hitter for the rest of the season.
Craig hurt his foot while rounding first base in the fourth inning of a 5-4, 16-inning win over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night. He stayed on the ground for a long time and walked off gingerly.
X-rays in Cincinnati were inconclusive. He was sent back to St. Louis for an MRI and more X-rays on Thursday that indicated nothing was broken.
"We just got word that the X-rays did come back with no fracture," manager Mike Matheny said Thursday evening. "It looks like a sprained foot right now, but it's much more optimistic than what we were thinking last night."
The second-place Cardinals moved to within a game of Pittsburgh in the NL Central with their win Wednesday night. Cincinnati is third, 3 12 games out. All three are in position to make the playoffs -- one as the division champ...