Craig getting closer to playing in field

Craig getting closer to playing in field

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 21: Allen Craig #21 of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts after striking out in the fourth inning against the San Francisco Giants in Game Six of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park on October 21, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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by B.J. Rains, BaseballSTL

KMOV.com

Posted on March 6, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Updated Sunday, Oct 27 at 11:19 AM

(BaseballStL) -- Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig could be close to making his Grapefruit League debut in the field.

Craig has been limited to designated hitter and pinch-hit appearances this spring due to soreness in his right shoulder.

"He's been throwing a little bit more and seems to be pretty excited about his arm feels," said manager Mike Matheny.

Craig batted cleanup Wednesday and served as the designated hitter for the Cardinals game against the Miami Marlins.

He reported earlier Wednesday morning that his shoulder was, "feeling better. We’re still going to take it slow. Hopefully I can get out there soon.”

Matheny refused to put a timetable or guess when Craig might take the field but indicated that how he felt about his throwing was a good sign.

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