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Allen Craig is going for X-rays, may not be ready for playoffs

Sep 24, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig has been out since September 4 with a sprained left foot and he’s scheduled to have X-rays taken Thursday, with Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch writing “that really isn’t good news in terms of Craig being able to play this last regular-season week or even early in the playoffs.”

Being without Craig in the postseason would be a big loss for the Cardinals, as he hit .315 with an .830 OPS in 134 games before the injury, including some incredible numbers with runners in scoring position, but they do have a very capable fill-in at first base in rookie Matt Adams.

Adams has hit .282 with a Craig-like .833 OPS overall this season, including .329 with seven homers and a 1.000 OPS in 19 games since being pressed into extended duty following Craig’s injury.

  1. proudlycanadian - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    I am sure that the Adams Family wants Craig to be completely healthy before he resumes playing.

  2. spudchukar - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    It is Groundhog Day in St. Louis with Craig. I’ve seen this picture before.

  3. okwhitefalcon - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    I’m not sure we’ll see Craig back unless there’s a deep run into the playoffs – if at all.

    Woudla loved to see this team go fully healthy into post season but that ship sailed long ago.

    It’s cool having options though, maybe catch lightning in a bottle.

    • cincinata - Sep 24, 2013 at 4:18 PM

      To be very honest, your comments are much like whistling in the dark, passing bye a graveyard. Nobody is going to replace Craig, especially with men on base. I saw Adams up close in Cinti a couple of weeks ago. Yes, he is big, and yes he has a lot of power. But,, he is easy to get out. All the Reds pitchers did was to throw him low curves in the dirt and he chased them all. Before he hit two H-R’s in extra innings to win game 3, he had chances to win the game, but failed. He hit the long balls off of second line pitching in the 14th and 16th innings. Under pressure, he will have little chance to hit off of first line pitchers in Cinti. or Pgh. He seems to be OK on defense, but he is not going to replace Craig for the birds. Sorry to give you the bad news. Tuesday night he will face a good lefty for the Nat’s. I am saying 0 for 4. We will see.

      • stlouis1baseball - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:56 PM

        I hear what you are saying with regards to no one replacing A.C.
        But you need to take a look at the big kid’s line when getting consistent A.B’s.
        I think you will find that the dude can hit. And I mean…hiiit.

  4. gibbyfan - Sep 24, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    You have to be impressed with the Cardinals for a lot of reasons but none less compelling than their ability to bounce back……….Losing arguably their ACE ,their starting SS and closer –all for the year- would have sunk most teams. But then add to that the having both guy in line to be the closer and arguably the guy in line behind him crash and burn in terms of performance —then the loss of their number 3 guy in the rotation and now perhaps their most productive hitter…….I would say this is some testiment to one well functioning organization. And by the way as great as they are and with all due respect to the considerable accomplishments of MO they may have been even better with had WJ stayed

    • cincinata - Sep 24, 2013 at 7:01 PM

      I give them a lot 9of credit for staying on top so long with so any good players out. You have to realize however that it will all come to an end if they can not get Holliday and Craig back in the lineup. Also, one has to remember, that rookie pitchers do not generally carry their team in the playoffs. And, the birds have to rely on two of them to do just that. Without Carpenter and Garcia, they do not have the pitching experience (Kelly-Wacha-Miller) in the post season that is needed to win against the good teams in 5 or 7 games. Now, it seems that you closer is off his game and they need to rely on another rookie(s) to close. It could happen, however it will be the first time it has happened in my memory. I don’t think it ever has been done.

      • stlouis1baseball - Sep 25, 2013 at 1:00 PM

        Who are trying to convince? Us…or yourself?

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