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Allen Craig to miss NLDS due to foot injury

Sep 27, 2013, 5:57 PM EDT

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Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig, who has been sidelined since Sept. 4 because of a foot injury, won’t make it back for the NLDS next week, GM John Mozeliak said Friday afternoon.

According to Mozeliak, Craig is dealing with one of the dreaded Lisfranc injuries involving a metatarsal bone and the Cardinals don’t want him trying to play through it and make things worse.

Fortunately, the Cardinals do have a fine replacement on hand in Matt Adams, who has hit eight homers in September while filling in at first base. In fact, Adams has a higher OPS than Craig this year (.847-.830), though Craig has the incredible clutch numbers (.454 average with RISP, 97 RBI in 134 games) and he offers a little better defense. Certainly, the Cardinals would have gone back Craig had he been available.

Their lineup, though, remains plenty imposing with Adams having replaced Craig in the cleanup spot. He may well be there for the duration of the Cardinals’ postseason run.

  1. spudchukar - Sep 27, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Still a concern. However, if the Cards play either the Reds, Pirates, or the Braves, they offer only 1 lefty starter each, and the Craig absence will be less felt.

    With the Dodgers on the horizon and their 2 lefties, he is more needed. But where the biggest difference comes, in the DH scenario. Not to get too far ahead, but not having him back for the WS would be the toughest to overcome.

  2. okwhitefalcon - Sep 27, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    The odds of him returning at all are slim and none with none being the leader in the clubhouse.

    It limits flexibility and depletes the depth of the roster, a huge loss – but not unexpected considering what we already knew.

    Adam’s has succeeded on every level, the man can flat out rake.

    Time to see if he can do it on the playoff stage.

  3. Carl Hancock - Sep 27, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    Craig’s future is far more important to the organization than trying to have him return in the post season. Linfranc injuries are complex and a player can have surgery and turn to form or he may never be the same again. It’s a scary situation. Thankfully the Cardinals have a stud in Matt Adams to take over at 1B. I just hope Craig can recover and return to play next season. It’s looking increasingly like the Cards should strongly consider trying to retain Beltran. The argument against bringing Beltran back was the logjam presented by having Adams, Craig and Oscar Taveras hopefully knocking on the door. But with Craig’s linfranc issue and Taveras ankle surgery… things are far from certain.

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