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5 Allen Craig RF
Height/Weight: 6-2/215 | Birthdate: 7/18/1984 | Birthplace: Mission Viejo, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Boston | College: California | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: /images/baseball/mlb/players/170x170/1661498.png | Owned/Started%: 3/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999

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Red Sox's Allen Craig clears waivers, outrighted to Triple-A


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2015) Red Sox outfielder Allen Craig was sent outright to Triple-A Pawtucket after clearing waivers Monday, the Boston Globe reports.

Craig hit .135/.237/.192 with one home run and two RBI in 52 at-bats with the Red Sox before being taken off the active roster.


Red Sox make Jackie Bradley, Allen Craig moves official


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) The Red Sox officially announced the promotion of outfielder Jackie Bradley from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Bradley is in the Red Sox's starting lineup on Sunday. He was hitting .343 in Pawtucket. He spent most of last season on Boston, playing in 127 games.

The team also announced that it was optioning slumping outfielder Allen Craig to Pawtucket. Craig was hitting .135 with two RBI this season. 


Report: Red Sox to option OF Allen Craig


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) One could never have imagined just two years ago Allen Craig being sent to the minors. But the Red Sox are on the verge of optioning him, a source has told the Boston Herald. As a player with four years service time, he cannot refuse the assignment.

Craig declined to comment when asked about a possible move, but Jackie Bradley was scratched from his Saturday game for Triple-A Pawtucket and would be the logical candidate to take his place. ESPN has claimed that Bradley is on his way to Toronto to join the team.

The move would be made to get Craig regular at-bats and back in the groove. He was among the steadiest and most productive hitters in the National League for St. Louis in 2012 and 2013, but has been a mess since.

Craig has just seven hits in 48 at-bats this season and has received only sporadic playing time.


Red Sox manager John Farrell showing faith in Allen Craig


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Red Sox outfielder Allen Craig is proving in a short time he can be a quality reserve player for Boston, according to the Providence Journal.

Manager John Farrell likes what he's seen from Craig so far that he wants to continue to insert him in the lineup.

"He's taking quality at-bats," Farrell said. "I'm giving him a chance to run with it."

Craig is 3 for 9 at the plate this month with a home run and two RBI.


Red Sox OF Hanley Ramirez hopes to be ready in a couple days


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Red Sox outfielder Hanley Ramirez is still feeling the effects of running into the right field wall Monday, but is feeling better, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Ramirez, who has been out of the lineup since crashing into the wall, hopes to be ready in a couple of days. As expected, Ramirez is out of the starting lineup for Wednesday's game, with Allen Craig drawing another start in left.

Ramirez is hitting .283 with 10 home runs and 22 RBI in 92 at-bats this season.


Red Sox's Allen Craig 'ready' in case Hanley Ramirez misses time


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Red Sox outfielder Allen Craig could be facing an increase in playing time after Hanley Ramirez suffered a shoulder injury while crashing into an outfield wall Monday. Craig said he'll "be ready" for the challenge if needed, the Boston Herald reports.

"I enjoy playing the game as much as possible," Craig said Monday night. "Like I said before, you never want to get an opportunity because of someone’s injury, but I don’t want to jump the gun on anything. I hope Hanley’s OK. If my name’s called, I’ll be ready."

Craig replaced Ramirez in Monday's game and went 1 for 4 in his team's 5-1 loss to the Rays. He has hit .146/.222/.220 with one home run and two RBI in 41 at-bats.


Red Sox OF Allen Craig smacks first home run of season on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/2/2015) Allen Craig did his best to ensure a victory for the Red Sox on Friday night. Craig launched a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth off Yankees starter C.C. Sabathia to give the Sox a 2-1 lead. But the lead would not last, as the Yankees rallied back to secure a 3-2 victory.

It was Craig's first home run of the season, with playing time being hard to come by for the 30-year-old slugger. Craig started in right field Friday night, in what was just his sixth start of the year.

"I felt like I've been putting some good swings on the ball and taking good passes at it," Craig said, per MLB.com. "Felt good to connect with one, for sure." 


Red Sox's Allen Craig gets sixth start, fourth in RF, on Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) Red Sox slugger Allen Craig received just his sixth start of the season Friday against the Yankees. He started in right field, where four of his starts have come this season.

Craig is batting .118 (4 for 34) with one RBI, two walks, four runs and eight strikeouts.


Shane Victorino out of Red Sox lineup on Saturday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino is out of the lineup for the third straight game on Saturday. 

Victorino has been sidelined with a hamstring injury. Allen Craig gets the start in his place, batting seventh in the lineup. Craig will start in right for the second time this season.

The Sox are +100 money line underdogs at Baltimore. 


Red Sox OF Allen Craig learning to adjust to limited playing time


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Despite starting two of the first nine games of the season, Red Sox outfielder Allen Craig has remained positive about his playing time and said he's trying to adjust to a reserved role, reports MLB.com.

"It's definitely not easy," Craig said. "It presents its challenges. But I think that I definitely find success. So it's just about staying positive and competing."

With manager John Farrell relying on outfielders Daniel Nava and Brock Holt in a platoon role, Allen knows his role may not increase soon, but it's a long season.

"I don't really allow myself to go there and think about it too much, to be honest with you," Craig said. "I just try to compete and do the best I can do in every at-bat, whether that's coming off the bench or starting."


Red Sox's Mookie Betts, Hanley Ramirez out of lineup Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Red Sox outfielders Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez are not in the lineup for Saturday's matchup with the Yankees.

The Red Sox played a marathon 19-inning game Friday night and will give both Betts and Ramirez a break for Saturday's day game. Brock Holt draws the start in center field and will lead off for the Red Sox Saturday, while Allen Craig will start in right field, with Daniel Nava moving to left. The team is sticking with its normal starters in the infield.


Report: Red Sox OF Allen Craig unlikely to be traded before opener


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Though at least three teams have inquired about Red Sox outfielder Allen Craig this spring, the outfielder is not expected to be traded before Opening Day, the Boston Globe reports.

Teams are reportedly looking to buy low on Craig with the Red Sox dealing with a surplus of outfield depth, but evaluators have seen improvements in Craig this spring and could be first-base insurance for the potential departure of Mike Napoli after the season.

Craig has hit .262/.347/.381 with one home run and 13 strikeouts in 42 at-bats this spring.


Report: Giants making no progress in trade talks for Red Sox's Craig


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) While Red Sox outfielder/first baseman Allen Craig is having a productive spring, it doesn't seem the Giants interest in trading for him has increased. There has been no progress made in trade talks with the Giants, according to FOX Sports reporter Jon Morosi.

Craig, who is on track to open the season as a reserve bat for Boston, is batting .278 (10 for 36) with one home run, two doubles and seven RBI in 12 spring games. He also has 12 strikeouts and three walks.


Allen Craig still has his old RBI ability in Red Sox camp


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Red Sox outfielder Allen Craig is showing his old ability to drive in runs, which should earn him a role on the team.

Craig went one for three on Tuesday with three RBI, including a bases-clearing double to right center.

"It feels good to hit the ball to right-center," Craig said, according to MLB.com's Ian Browne. "I've typically been pretty good at hitting the ball there in my career, and I put a good swing on it."

"He's always had a knack for the RBI situation," manager John Farrell said. "It was good to see him drive a baseball with men on. I think we're seeing the consistency of the swings gradually come along, and it's just a marked improvement from where he was when he came to us last year."


Red Sox to trim down loaded outfield soon


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) The Red Sox are expected to trim down its crowded outfield soon, with less than two weeks before Opening Day, according to MLB.com on Tuesday.

"We have to take these remaining days in camp here and determine what's best for us as an organization," said Farrell. "I'm not suggesting there's player movement anywhere, but there's only going to be three [starting] spots."

At this point, it appears as if Hanley Ramirez and Mookie Betts have left and center field locked up, respectively. Daniel Nava, Shane Victorino, Rusney Castillo and Allen Craig are all in the mix for the final spots.

"And there's six guys -- well, there will be five guys in that group to handle those three spots, with two guys coming off the bench. What that means for the final Opening Day roster remains to be seen.

"We're just trying to get more exposure to Rusney in right field; we need to get a better gauge on Vic's durability, if we can, over the coming days. We acknowledged from the first day in camp, the outfield, there's going to be a lot of focus on our outfield.

"That pretty much hasn't changed, but what we've seen are some really encouraging things. And that's how quickly Rusney's come back and shown decent timing at the plate [and] what Mookie's done in center field speaks for itself."


Red Sox's Farrell expecting Craig to be on roster at start of season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Red Sox manager John Farrell said Monday he is expecting Allen Craig to be on the opening day roster, per The Boston Herald. Farrell added Craig understands he might be a part-time player in 2015.

"We fully expect him to be on this team," Farrell said. "There's nothing to expect otherwise. He's the one in particular that we just said, 'Let's get the appropriate number of at-bats that spring training would provide,' and we'll go from there. His attitude has been great. He understands the situation that he's in. He understands that, coming off last year, we had to make decisions to improve the team, and he's got to compete for at-bats. He's more than willing to embrace that."


Giants not that interested in Red Sox's Allen Craig


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2015) The Giants aren't all that interested in dealing with Red Sox outfielder Allen Craig, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

With Hunter Pence sidelined for a few weeks, the Giants were expected to explore the trade market. It appears Craig won't be an option unless he comes at a discounted price. San Francisco expects Pence back around May 1, and could opt to wait it out. 

The 30-year-old Craig hit .215/.279/.315 over 461 at-bats last season. 


Red Sox's Farrell: Allen Craig has 'much more life in the bat'


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) Red Sox manager John Farrell said he has been pleased with what he's seen from outfielder Allen Craig during spring training, reports the Boston Herald.

Craig struggled last season, but Farrell said it appears Craig has gotten over his struggles.

"There's much more life in the bat," Farrell said. "He's come into camp in great shape."

Farrell added that a left foot injury contributed to Craig's struggles in 2014, but it shouldn't be an issue in 2015.

"The foot isn't an issue at this point and we don't anticipate it to be,” Farrell said. "We just see increased core strength and better bat speed. I know it's just [batting practice], but he looks different than we got him. And let's face it, the shock of the trade is in the rear view mirror now, more so now than when he came to us."


Citing health, Allen Craig hopes to play well for Red Sox


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2015) After declaring himself healthy, Red Sox outfielder Allen Craig hopes to justify the Red Sox’s decision to trade for him, reports the Boston Herald.

Craig suffered a ligament tear in his left foot in 2013 and struggled throughout 2014, hitting .215 with eight home runs and 46 RBI.

"I'm just going to go to spring training and compete wherever I'm at and just play the game like I always have," Craig said. "The Red Sox traded for me because they believe in me, so I want to go out there and play well."


Red Sox's Farrell talks with Craig about playing some third base


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) Red Sox manager John Farrell said Thursday he has talked with Allen Craig about getting re-acclimated to playing third base, per the Boston Herald. The Red Sox signed Pablo Sandoval in the offseason to be the team's starting third baseman.

Craig has appeared in just four games at third base in his five-year MLB career, but he primarily played at third base at the beginning of his minor-league career. In fact, he appeared in 246 games at third base in the minors -- the most appearances he made at any one position.


Report: Red Sox in 'active' trade talks regarding Allen Craig


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) The Red Sox are in "active" trade talks with at least one team regarding first baseman/outfielder Allen Craig, sources told FOX Sports. Craig is said to be fully recovered from a left foot injury that has bothered him since 2013.

Craig had a down season in 2014, batting .215 with eight home runs and 46 RBI in 126 games between the Cardinals and Red Sox. He really struggled with the Red Sox, batting .128 with one home run and two RBI in 29 games.


Red Sox OF Allen Craig: 2013 injury played into 2014 mess


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/8/2014) 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
(9/29/2014) 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
(9/5/2014) 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
(8/27/2014) 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.