Found October 20, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
The Cardinals are not yet ready to make any official proclamation. But expect them to add a very important piece back to their lineup – one they've been without since Sept. 4 -- for Game 1 of the World Series in Boston on Wednesday night. Clean-up man Allen Craig who has been a spectator throughout the first two rounds of the playoffs took another round of live batting practice Sunday and pronounced himself ready to go. He is not expected to play in the field but he will be the perfect guy to serve at the Cardinals' designated hitter. “I feel good” Craig said after hitting against Shelby Miller and Tyler Lyons in an afternoon workout at Busch Stadium. “There's steady progress going. I feel like I'm continuing to get better. “I'm happy with where I'm at.” This is a guy who hit 13 homers and had 97 RBI this season before going down with a ligament injury in his left foot on Sept. 4. All along the Cardinals have been pointing toward a late October return. ...

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With the Arizona Fall League about a third of the way complete, I thought I would look at how each Cardinal representative is looking so far this fall. Stephen Piscotty Piscotty has played in 8 games for the Salt River Rafters and has hit safely in the last six. While he has yet to hit a home run, he is hitting .414 with a 1.091 OPS. He is third in the league with 5 stolen bases...

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Allen Craig has been nothing more than a cheerleader on the bench during the postseason this year.  However, the man who had been filling the void left by Albert Pujols will likely be back on the roster for the World Series.  Craig had been nursing alistfranc fracture that prevented him from playing in both the NLDS and NLCS.  Now, he’s ready  to go. Jennifer Langosch of MLB...

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