Oct 26, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals designated hitter Allen Craig (21) scores the winning run on an obstruction call even though Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia (39) gets the tag on him during the ninth inning of game three of the MLB baseball World Series at Busch Stadium. Cardinals won 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Cardinals optimistic Allen Craig didn't have setback during World Series Game 3

The St. Louis Cardinals really didn’t want to leave Allen Craig on base Saturday night once he clubbed a double in the bottom of the ninth inning. But alas, they didn’t have many options as Allen, who is recovering from a foot injury was forced to remain on base given the limited bench options.

However, with Yadier Molina on third base as the would be winning run, the last thing the Cardinals expected was for Craig to be involved in a play at the plate.

Little did they know that’s how the game would end after Craig and Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks became tangled up, resulting in a play at the plate where Craig was called safe via an obstruction ruling.

Craig was in clear pain after the slide (and collision) though Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said that despite the scare, they don’t believe Craig suffered any setbacks:

Mozeliak’s Craig update on KMOX: “Overall, we’re optimistic he didn’t go backwards or have a major setback.” Hopeful he’s available tonight.

Craig was set to potentially partake in playing the field come Game 4, though, it’s not known if the play at the end of Game 3 will alter those plans.

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