Allen Craig takes live BP, expects to DH

Allen Craig takes live BP, expects to DH

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PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 01: Allen Craig #21 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates after scoring on a sacrifice fly in the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game on September 1, 2013 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)


by Scott Bierman / BaseballStL

Posted on October 20, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Updated Sunday, Oct 20 at 4:48 PM

(BaseballStL) -- Out since September 4 due to a foot injury, Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig expects to be back in for the World Series.

His spot on the World Series roster isn’t guaranteed though.

“I think all indications are pointing that way,” Craig said. “I haven’t been told like ‘Hey, you’re on the roster,’ but given my progress and stuff I think I’m in a good spot.”

Facing live batting practice for the second time within a week, Craig faced pitchers Shelby Miller and Tyler Lyons before a workout at Busch Stadium Sunday.

The possible addition of Craig to the World Series roster will likely pit him as a viable option for the designated hitter spot when the Cardinals begin play against the American League champion Red Sox at Fenway Park on Wednesday.

“I’m excited about it,” Craig said. “It’s such a cool opportunity just to get back to the World Series and get back out there playing with the guys.”

Whether Craig could start Games 3, 4 and 5 at Busch Stadium without the DH spot hasn’t been determined.

“I haven’t to this point,” Craig responded when asked if he has attempted fielding. “I think it’s a day-to-day thing and see how it goes. We’re going to continue to progress and see if the defense comes.”

General manager John Mozeliak indicated by having Craig, who batted a major league-best .454 with runners in scoring position, on the roster is a no-lose situation for St. Louis.

“He’s such a prolific hitter. It’s definitely worth the chance,” Mozeliak said. “We’re trying to give him as much live pitching as we can, but to simulate Game 1 of the World Series is virtually impossible. We’ll do the best we can. My understanding is he’s swinging the bat pretty well...if nothing else, he adds a little pop off the bench.”

Hitting coach John Mabry sounded optimistic of Craig as DH in the games at Boston after watching his batting practice.

“Because his name is Allen Craig,” Mabry said. “I mean you watch him do what he does everyday and you understand that he’s a guy that knows how to hit and knows what he’s doing in the box.”


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