It looks like the St. Louis Cardinals might be without first baseman Allen Craig for not just the final week of the season, but for the postseason as well. Craig has been out since Sept. 4th with a sprained left foot. He has had a boot on the foot since injuring it. While initial X-Rays and an MRI showed no fracture or extended damage, Craig has not been able to resume any activities. Cardinals GM John Mozeliak stated to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Craig will get another X-Ray of the foot on Thursday, which is a day off for the Cardinals.
Mozeliak didn’t sound too confident about Craig coming back. When asked what the next step will be should X-Rays come back clean, Mozeliak said that they’d either send Craig down to the Instructional League to get some at-bats, or try to get him in a simulated game in St. Louis. However, Mozeliak pointed out that was only if Craig was able to move forward.
That sounds to me like someone who is resigned to the fact that Craig will not be available for the rest of the year. Initially, when Craig injured his foot, it seemed like he’d be out 7-10 days and that he’d be able to get back in the lineup before the playoffs began. Now, there are only 5 games left in the regular season and he’s still in a walking boot. Even if he can take off the boot on Thursday, he’d have only 3 regular season games to get any meaningful at-bats. From the looks of it, he has little, if any, chance to get in shape before the Cardinals play their first postseason game.
Craig, 29, was having an MVP-like season prior to going down with the injury. At the time, he was hitting .315/.373/.457 with 13 HRs and 97 RBI. On top of that, he is hitting an insane .454 with runners in scoring position, as well as .448 in that situation with 2 outs. Thankfully for the Cards, Matt Adams has done a wonderful job filling in for Craig this month. Since the day Craig went down, Adams is hitting .329/.356/.629 with 7 HRs and 14 RBI. For the season, the big left-handed hitter is hitting .282/.334/.498 with 16 HRs and 50 RBI in 103 games.