Craig optimistic for return, faces reevaluation next week

Craig optimistic for return, faces reevaluation next week

Craig optimistic for return, faces reevaluation next week

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by JJ Bailey / BaseballStL

KMOV.com

Posted on September 6, 2013 at 4:21 PM

(BaseballStL) -- St. Louis breathed a collective sigh of relief when it was determined Allen Craig did not in fact break a bone when his left foot twisted awkwardly in Cincinnati. 

Now the All Star first baseman and Cardinal RBI machine will play the wait and see game that follows so many baseball injuries. 

"Originally I was pretty scared because my foot has never bent that way," he said Friday. "Giving me a chance to at least potentially come back this season is good. Obviously theres no timetable, I gotta get it right and 100 percent but it's promising." 

It became clear in pre game conversations that Craig will remain a major question mark moving into the final games of the regular season. General Manager John Mozeliak said clearly using him will be out of the question for the short term, and future plans will depend on continued evaluation. 

The medical staff is still getting outside opinions from specialists and developing a rehab plan for the Cardinal star. 

"It's a matter of getting the sprain to where he can manage it and do what he needs to do," said Mike Matheny. "Not just manage it, but compete at this level."

Currently, Craig is icing heavily to reduce the swelling and sporting a walking boot to help his movement and provide stability. With a reevaluation scheduled for early next week, his long term status remains up in the air, though optimism seemed to be carrying the day in the clubhouse. 

"There's a good chance I'll be back at some point this season but we're gonna take it one day at a time. I've never been through this particular injury so I'm gonna work my hardest every day to get it right and do whatever the trainers say," Craig said. "I'm not worried about playing through pain, I think everybody's done that before. I just gotta get it to a point where it feels good and I won't risk further injury. The trainers have told me there's a good chance I'll get it right so that's all I'm worried about." 

 

 

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