Oct 9, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig celebrates with teammates after game five of the National League divisional series playoff baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals won 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Matheny says Allen Craig won’t be ready for St. Louis Cardinals in NLCS


Despite playing in just 134 games this season – and not playing since September 4th – Allen Craig hit .315 and drove in a team-high 97 runs for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2013.

The first baseman injured his foot and has been out and rehabbing since, and it was unclear whether or not he would play in the NLCS against the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Earlier in the day, it was reported that the Cardinals would get an update on Craig’s status, and now that status appears to have come.

According to a breaking tweet from ESPN’s Jayson Stark, manager Mike Matheny has indicated that Craig will not be available for the NLCS after all.

It’s never good news when your leading RBI man can’t play, but Cardinals fans can find solace in the fact that his fill-in, Matt Adams, hit .316 in the NLDS against the Pittsburgh Pirates – including a 2-run bomb that put the deciding game 5 out of reach – and appears up to the challenge.

Game one against the Los Angeles Dodgers takes place on Friday at 8:37 PM ET, in St. Louis.  Unfortunately for Allen Craig and Cardinals’ fans, he will have to watch his teammates from the dugout once again.

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