Found September 27, 2013 on Fox Sports Midwest:
ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals' hopes for making a run to the World Series became a bit tougher Friday when the team said that All-Star first baseman Allen Craig remains weeks from returning. The Cardinals' most productive hitter, Craig suffered a left foot sprain when trying to make the turn at first base on Sept. 4. Initially, the club was optimistic that Craig would return by the end of the regular season. After he was examined on Thursday, however, the team determined that the injury has not healed enough for Craig to come back. "It's devastating not to be able to finish the season," Craig said Friday. "I progressed a little bit in the recovery but I didn't get clearance to play. It's really frustrating but I'm trying to move on from it." Craig has been hitting off a tee but running would put the foot in jeopardy of greater injury. A setback potentially could keep him out for part of next season or even become career-threatening, genera...
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