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Allen Craig took batting practice with teammates “cheering and chanting his name”

Oct 14, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Allen Craig was left off the NLCS roster because he’s not recovered from a broken foot, but the Cardinals are holding out hope that he can be available for the World Series and he took a step toward that goal yesterday.

Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that Craig took live batting practice “with a handful of teammates cheering and chanting his name as he stepped to the plate.”

Langosch also notes that Craig did some running, but the Cardinals are being very careful with how much they ask him to do in terms of cardio and mobility for fear of aggravating the foot injury. He’s got some big hurdles to clear in the meantime, but having Craig available as a bench bat or maybe even as a designated hitter would be a nice boost for the World Series.

His first base fill-in, Matt Adams, had a big NLDS versus the Pirates but has started the NLCS in a 0-for-7 slump.

  1. The Dangerous Mabry - Oct 14, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Craig reportedly was struggling to make solid contact in BP until Matheny sent a couple of guys out to stand on second and third, at which point he started rocketing balls in the gap left and right.

    • paperlions - Oct 14, 2013 at 11:52 AM

      Dang, people are being funny today….the Lebaron comment, this one….good stuff.

  2. stlouis1baseball - Oct 14, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    This would be a huge help to be sure. But they gotta’ clinch first.
    Don’t start counting chickens.

    On a separate note:
    When Matheny pencil’s in Yadier in the clean up spot again I will most likely throw my beer through the TV. Don’t do it Mike. Do. Not. Do. It.

  3. number2shirt - Oct 14, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Craig did not have a broken foot. It was a ligament strain.

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