Adams shining as Craig's de facto replacement

Adams shining as Craig's de facto replacement

Adams shining as Craig's de facto replacement

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by Brian Feldman, Baseball STL

KMOV.com

Posted on September 23, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 23 at 8:42 PM

(KMOV) -- One can't fathom there is another team in Major League baseball that could lose a player like Allen Craig and seemingly not skip a beat.  That's because most teams don't have Matt Adams just waiting patiently on the bench for more playing time.

Craig's injury has allowed for more at-bats for the 25-year old lefty.  And all he's done is reward them with three home runs and eight RBIs in his last eight games.  So the bat must be feeling pretty good these days.

"It's feeling good," Adams said.  "Getting regular ABs gets my rhythm and timing where it needs to be and hopefully it continues for the rest of the season."

The Philipsburg, Pennsylvania native is hitting fourth more often with Craig out of the lineup.  Does that mean Adams puts more pressure on himself to deliver big hits?

"I just have to go out there and do what I can do.  The other veterans are going to step up.  They've been there before.  I can't put too much pressure on myself.  I just have to go out there and continue to have quality at-bats," Adams said.

Craig went down with a sprained foot on September 4th against the Reds while rounding first base.  He will likely miss the rest of the regular season. 

Manager Mike Matheny said before Monday's game with the Nationals that Thursday is the next big day for Craig because he'll get another MRI and they'll see exactly how much that foot has healed.

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