Cardinals cleanup hitter Allen Craig says he’s recovered from a foot injury and ready to be put on St. Louis’ World Series roster.
Craig hasn’t played since Sept. 4 because a left mid-foot sprain. He anticipates being the designated hitter in Wednesday night’s Series opener at Boston.
“I think all indications are pointing that way,” Craig said. “I haven’t been told, ‘Hey, you’re on the roster,’ but given my progress, I think I’m in a good spot.”
It’s basically a no-lose proposition because the Cardinals could replace Craig if he re-injured the foot. General manager John Mozeliak said doctors believe Craig is progressed to the point he’s not risking a major setback.
“He’s such a prolific hitter it’s definitely worth the chance,” Mozeliak said. “My understanding is he’s swinging the bat pretty well.”
Craig hasn’t tested the foot on defense yet, but he wouldn’t have to play first base until the Series moves to Busch Stadium for Game 3 on Saturday. Craig is wearing an orthotic device in his shoe and said there was “nothing super-special” about precautionary measures.
Rookie Matt Adams has been the regular first baseman since Craig was hurt while running the bases.
Craig batted a major league-best .454 during the regular season with runners in scoring position.
COURTS: One of Alex Rodriguez’s lawyers wants MLB to release testimony about whether Commissioner Bud Selig knew Anthony Bosch distributed banned substances to teenagers.
Rob Manfred, baseball’s chief operating officer, testified last week during the grievance filed by the players’ union to overturn Rodriguez’s 211-game suspension.
A person familiar with the hearing, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press on Saturday that Manfred testified the sport wasn’t concerned whether Bosch distributed performance-enhancing drugs to minors because MLB’s interest was his relationship with players under investigation.
Baseball suspended 13 players last summer following its investigation of Bosch’s now-closed Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic. Rodriguez received the lengthiest penalty and was the only one in the group to contest his discipline.
Manfred said he explained during his testimony that MLB’s focus was on whether players violated the sport’s drug agreement or labor contract.
He also said MLB had been a leader in preventing steroid abuse by youth.
“While Mr. Manfred has violated the confidentiality requirements of the collective bargaining agreement by making reference to his testimony, we choose to live up to our obligations,” Joseph Tacopina, one of Rodriguez’s lawyers, said in a statement Sunday. “However, Mr. Manfred knows that he has not accurately described his testimony. We therefore call on him to put forward his full testimony at the hearing about his and commissioner Selig’s knowledge of, and relative regard for, Mr. Bosch’s dealing performance enhancing drugs to minors at the time MLB struck its cooperation and indemnity deal with Mr. Bosch.”