The general manager of the St. Louis Cardinals told reporters today that he expected Allen Craig to miss most of, if not all of, the postseason games that the Cardinals play in this year. Craig is suffering from a left foot injury he sustained on September 4th.
According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, this is what general manager John Mozeliak had to say about the first baseman.
“As optimistic as we were when it first happened,” Mozeliak said, “the reality is that have to take a very conservative approach. To try to rush him or push him to get back is going to put him in peril.
When asked about the chance of him playing if they advanced to the NLCS or further here is what he said.
“Do we have some optimism if we play deep into October, (that) he still could be available, the answer is yes. But, as far as the short-term look, no.
“I’d be shocked if something miraculous happened in the next six or seven days.”
Allen Craig has been a vital cog in the Cardinals offense and this development has to have the team and fans worried. Craig has a slash line of .315/.373/.457 and has been one of the more consistent run producers for the Cards. If they could make it past the first round than getting Craig back could be a big boost but that is a big if. They will have to rely heavily on their young pitching staff for that to happen.