|2014 Season (CBSSports.com)||530.00||21.00||.300||90.00||75.00||1.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs N.Y. Yankees||32||6||1|| .257|| .313|| .188|
|vs Pineda (Career)||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|vs RHP||337||70||5|| .278|| .282|| .208|
|Last 7 Games|
Red Sox OF Allen Craig: 2013 injury played into 2014 mess
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
|(10/8/14) Red Sox outfielder Allen Craig has cited a left foot injury sustained in 2013 for some of his monumental struggles this season.
Craig compiled a miserable stat line of .215/.279/.315 and performed even worse upon his arrival in Boston. The numbers were stunning considering his average exceeded .300 in each of the previous three years and that he drove in 90-plus runs in 2012 and 2013.
"I think it's certainly a part of it," Craig told MLB.com about the foot issue. "The offseason was limited a little bit. I don't want to use that as an excuse, but it was definitely a factor in my preparation for the season. I felt healthy all year so I don't look back at that as a main reason.
"I think that going into this offseason, a little more time, I'll definitely use that to my advantage. I think it will definitely help me and my conditioning, my preparation for next season."
Offseason foot surgery not needed for Red Sox OF Allen Craig
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(9/29/14) Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told reporters that outfielder Allen Craig will not need surgery to repair his foot, per MassLive.com.
Craig suffered Lisfranc tear which interrupted his 2013 season and led to a disappointing .215 batting average in 2014. He is hopeful that a full offseason will have his foot back at 100 percent.
"He's just focused on having a good offseason," Cherington said. "I think we've done everything we can to make sure that the foot is OK going forward. No further testing needed."
Allen Craig will likely avoid foot surgery
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(9/5/14) Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated that outfielder Allen Craig will likely avoid surgery to repair his foot at this time, per MLB.com.|
"At this point, no," Farrell said. "The comment at the time was if he experienced any further discomfort, any physical ailments ... which he has not experienced. And despite some of the struggles he's had offensively, Allen doesn't use the previous injury as an excuse. We're working through some things fundamentally to try to get him on track. This isn't a matter of us focusing on something physical where it's going to need a repair, at least in this conversation here now."
Allen Craig hits first home run since trade
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(8/27/14) Allen Craig hit his first home run as a member of the Red Sox during an 11-7 win Tuesday at Toronto. Craig capped a seven-run 11th inning with a two-run homer off Sergio Santos.
Craig finished 1 for 5 with one walk and two strikeouts. He is batting .174 (4 for 23) with one home run, two doubles, two RBI, one run, two walks and eight strikeouts in six games since being acquired from St. Louis.
|2014 summary: For the second season in a row, Allen Craig experienced a major decline in power, and this time, it led to a loss of playing time. Heading into July, Craig was hitting just .255 with six home runs, and at that point, he started losing starts in right field to the late Oscar Taveras. At the July 31 trade deadline, the Cardinals dealt Craig to the Red Sox, and shortly thereafter, he was sidelined by an ankle injury. He eventually returned to Boston's lineup, but he limped towards the finish line, batting .128 with one home run in 29 games with his new team. Craig acknowledged after the season that the Lisfranc injury he suffered in 2013 set his offseason preparation for 2014 back and played a role in his poor performance.|
Playing time status: Craig is an injury risk to be sure, and worse yet, he has to contend with an extremely crowded outfield situation in Boston. There is no guarantee that Craig will have a regular role in 2015.
2015 outlook: Craig has morphed into a ground ball hitter over the last two seasons, but it's hard to untangle that trend from his health issues. As recently as the first half of 2013, Craig had been hitting for decent power, and if he can enter the coming season fully recovered, he still has the potential to be a 20-homer, 35-double threat. Given how dramatic and persistent his decline has been, it's best to pursue that upside with a late-round pick in standard mixed leagues.
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