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Allen Craig departs game with left foot sprain

Sep 4, 2013, 9:17 PM EDT

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Cardinals slugger Allen Craig hit a game-tying RBI single in the top of the fourth inning of Wednesday night’s tilt against the Reds, but he got tangled up a few feet beyond the first base bag with umpire Laz Diaz and planted awkwardly on his left ankle.

Craig was on the ground for a while — allowing the Reds to tag him out — and the initial worry was that he might have done something bad to his right knee, which had to be surgically repaired prior to the 2012 season. But replay of the injury clearly shows a left ankle tweak and Craig eventually walked over to the visitor’s dugout at Great American Ball Park under his own power. Matt Adams came on to fill in at first base in the bottom of the fourth.

Craig is hitting .315/.373/.457 with 13 homers and 97 RBI in 134 games this year. He’s likely day-to-day.

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UPDATE, 9:24 p.m. ET: Craig has been diagnosed with a left foot sprain. He’ll be reevaluated Thursday.

  1. okwhitefalcon - Sep 4, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Not long ago I’d be saying:

    “No worries, Matt Adam’s is waiting in the wings – he can rake!”

    Not now.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Sep 4, 2013 at 10:59 PM

      To me, he’s never seemed like a guy who’d put up particularly good numbers as an everyday player. They’ve been smart about how they use him.

      • okwhitefalcon - Sep 4, 2013 at 11:58 PM

        He put up great numbers in the minors and has been really good in small doses this year.

        I think he’ll get his everyday shot at some point, not sure it’ll be in STL though.

      • stlouis1baseball - Sep 5, 2013 at 8:46 AM

        More a case of consistently finding him a spot as opposed to be smart about how they use him. Dude can hit. If memory serves…he was the minor league player of the year last year. I am happy he’s going to get some regular playing time. Just wish it wasn’t as a result of their best hitter going down. And I hope it’s only for a very short while.

    • okwhitefalcon - Sep 5, 2013 at 12:39 AM

      Looks like we may see Adam’s with an extended look…

      Derrick Goold is tweeting Craig headed back to STL, xrays on his ankle were “inconclusive”.

    • perryt200 - Sep 5, 2013 at 1:51 AM

      hope you saw the rest of the game. cuz you are an idiot

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Sep 5, 2013 at 3:28 AM

        Yes, because what happens on one night should make you totally ignore the .716 OPS he’s put up over the last three months. Solid reasoning.

      • paperlions - Sep 5, 2013 at 7:31 AM

        Also solid reasoning, thinking 130 ABs spread out across 3 months is a sample size on which to base a conclusion. The guy mashed for 4 years at every level in the minors. That data is far more predictive of potential MLB success than a time period for which he averaged 1.4 ABs/day while mostly riding the bench and pinch hitting against back of the bullpen arms. A whole lot of teams tried to trade for Adams last off season because they think he can hit and 1B in the minors (and really, in the majors, too) is a pretty thin position right now.

  2. kevinbnyc - Sep 4, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Laz Diaz strikes again.

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