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UPDATE: Allen Craig likely not available for the NLCS

Oct 10, 2013, 9:27 AM EDT

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UPDATE: Nope, likely not happening. Mike Matheny just said it was doubtful Craig will be on the roster.

9:27 AM: Allen Craig missed the NLDS due to an injured foot. Matt Adams filled in nicely, going 6 for 19 with a double and a homer.  But Craig is hoping to be back for the NLCS showdown with the Dodgers, reports Derrick Goold of the Post-Dispatch.

Based on the article it sounds more like Craig wishcasting than a reality, and the Cardinals themselves aren’t holding their breath. Still, if Craig could be available even for random pinch-hitting duties, it would be a plus for St. Louis. Not that they really need the help. The team is basically stacked.

  1. jre80 - Oct 10, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    May look ok in nlcs but if they make it to World Series then St. Louis will be in desperate need of a DH. W/O Craig, were lookin at freese or Beltran at DH and Robinson or descalso in the lineup. Ugh….

  2. tridecagon - Oct 10, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    The starting lineup is pretty well stacked, but we really have zero big bats on the bench. Having Craig available to pinch hit could come up HUGE.

  3. okwhitefalcon - Oct 10, 2013 at 10:22 AM


    Is that a prerequisite for, “dream catching”?

    I’ll go with “humbugging” on the possibility of Craig making any significant contribution going forward this year.

    • danwilliamsmlb - Oct 10, 2013 at 10:27 AM

      Same here. It would be nice to have his bat off the bench if he can run, but if he can’t, we’re basically using two players for one at-bat; Craig to hit and someone to pinch run for him.

      • tridecagon - Oct 10, 2013 at 11:02 AM

        And what else are we going to use Adron Chambers for, exactly?

      • danwilliamsmlb - Oct 10, 2013 at 11:35 AM

        You never know; injuries can and do happen, not to mention that Holliday attracts moths in the post season.

  4. spudchukar - Oct 10, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Yeah, the DH scenario is the most attractive, but with 3 lefties in the Dodger rotation, his right-hand stick would sure be nice.

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