St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig has not appeared in a game since Sept. 4 due to a foot injury. The good news for the Cardinals is that Craig expects to play in the World Series, which is certainly great to hear considering the production he brings to the lineup. With that being said, how does St. Louis plan to use Craig?
The fact is the 29-year-old is not healthy enough to play in the field because his foot is still an issue. However, the Cardinals understand that they will need Craig to take some at-bats in order to defeat the Boston Red Sox. Not to mention, there is no way he was going to miss a chance to play in another World Series.
“There are some things that I can improve on,” Craig said, according to the St. Louis-Dispatch. “I’m happy with where I am. I feel like there is something I can work with now. I’m not going to miss the World Series for anything.”
The Cardinals will use Craig as a designated hitter in Game 1 and 2 in Boston. When the World Series shifts to St. Louis, he will be used strictly in a pinch-hit role. At least the Cardinals will get Craig’s presence in the lineup, especially since the possibility of him unable to go has been up in the air for a while now.
The most ideal spot for the four-year player to bat is cleanup. It is a position that he thrived in during the regular season and there is certainly no reason to hold back now. With his ability to hit for power as well as average, St. Louis must put him in the best possible spot to succeed.