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Allen Craig is on the Cardinals’ World Series roster

Oct 22, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

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Allen Craig has passed whatever tests he needed to pass, because Cardinals manager Mike Matheny announced that the injured first baseman will be on the World Series roster after not playing since September 4 due to a foot injury.

Craig has been hitting for a while now, but the issue is whether his foot will allow him to run well enough to make a pinch-runner unnecessary. And it’s unclear if he’ll be more than a pinch-hitting option during the games in St. Louis without a designated hitter.

Either way, considering the weakness of the Cardinals’ bench getting Craig back at even a fraction of his healthy self will help. He hit .315 with 13 homers and an .830 OPS in 134 games during the regular season, including ridiculous numbers with runners in scoring position.

Matt Adams has hit .268 with one homer and a .724 OPS in 11 playoff games subbing for Craig at first base.

  1. perryt200 - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    YAAAAAAAA!

    Go Cards

  2. paperlions - Oct 22, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    So…..who is he replacing on the roster?

    • cardinalcrazy - Oct 22, 2013 at 4:16 PM

      Most likely Kolten Wong.

    • redbirdfan - Oct 22, 2013 at 4:27 PM

      Chambers.

  3. blues1988 - Oct 22, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    RBF is right, chambers. wish it would have been mujica. can’t beleive he’s on the roster again. he better not pitch at all. we all saw what he did in game 5 of the nlcs. he’s just out of steam.

  4. jimeejohnson - Oct 22, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    As long as it’s not Craig Allen, weatherman in New Yawk City.

  5. micktaco - Oct 22, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Fenway is the ultimate bandbox so Craig should have no worries with timing or bat speed. Just get a piece of the ball and it can fly into the parking lot.

  6. cincinata - Oct 23, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    MIck:

    I lived in Boston for many years (way back). There is no “Parking Lot” in the traditional sense as in Cinti or St. Louis across from the ballpark. But, we get your meaning. Keep in mind, that Craig has not played for a long time, and batting practice does not count as hitting live pitching when the other guy is trying to get you out. He will have difficulty with seeing the ball, timing etc..

    • cincinata - Oct 23, 2013 at 11:54 AM

      However, I am rooting for the birds in this one. Carpenter, Holiday, Beltran, Molina and Freeze will have to come up big, and if Craig does, that will be icing on the cake. Do not count on Adams, as rookies seldom win a championship for you. If he does anything good, that is just a plus.

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