Cardinals cleanup hitter Allen Craig says he’s recovered from a foot injury and ready to be put on St. Louis’ World Series roster.
“I’m happy with where I’m at,” Craig said Sunday. “No complaints.
“I’m happy to be on the roster and give it a shot, so I’m really excited.”
Craig hasn’t played since Sept. 4 because a left mid-foot sprain. He anticipates being the designated hitter in Wednesday night’s Series opener at Boston.
“I think all indications are pointing that way,” Craig said. “I haven’t been told, ‘Hey, you’re on the roster,’ but given my progress, I think I’m in a good spot.”
It’s basically a no-lose proposition because the Cardinals could replace Craig if he re-injured the foot.
General manager John Mozeliak said doctors believe Craig is progressed to the point he’s not risking a major setback.
“He’s such a prolific hitter it’s definitely worth the chance,” Mozeliak said.
Craig hasn’t tested the foot on defense yet, but he wouldn’t have to play first base until the Series moves to Busch Stadium for Game 3 on Saturday. Craig batted a major league-best .454 during the regular season with runners in scoring position.