Cards ready to use Craig in Game 4 if needed

Cards ready to use Craig in Game 4 if needed

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Cards ready to use Craig in Game 4 if needed

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by Scott Bierman / BaseballStL

KMOV.com

Posted on October 27, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Updated Sunday, Oct 27 at 4:00 PM

(BaseballStL) -- After his valiant effort to score the winning run in Game 3, Allen Craig dodged another injury after his ninth-inning heroics sealed a Cardinals 5-4 win and 2-1 lead over the Red Sox in the World Series Saturday.

The Cardinals can now exhale as manager Mike Matheny indicated Craig came away relatively healthy from the scare.

“He was sore yesterday, but everything came back clean,” Matheny said, “He’ll be ready to go if needed.”

Still recovering from a foot injury suffered on September 4, Craig collected a pinch-hit double in the ninth inning to advance Yadier Molina, who singled in the previous at-bat and represented the winning run, to third base with one out.

Then all mayhem unfolded.

Jon Jay grounded out to second baseman Dustin Pedroia who nailed Molina out at home trying to score. As Craig bolted for third base, catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s throw to third sailed into left field. Craig took a chance for home to score, but was tripped up by Will Middlebrooks on the ground.

Trying to regain his balance and not knowing obstruction was called on Middlebrooks, Craig appeared to injure himself as he slid into home plate.

Matheny wasn’t sure if Craig, who DH-ed in Games 1 and 2, will continue to try to field during practice or if the team will use him for batting purposes only.

“We're going to wait and see how he feels when he gets out here,” Matheny said. “He's been working with the doctors to try to get everything loose again. The defensive work is really kind of secondary to have him available to come in and do what he did last night.”

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Scott Bierman covers the Cardinals for KMOV.com and the BaseballStL mobile app. You can follow him on Twitter @Scott_Bierman for St. Louis sports news and notes.

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