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5 Allen Craig LF
Height/Weight: 6-2/210 | Birthdate: 7/18/1984 | Birthplace: Mission Viejo, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Boston | College: California | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $1,750,000 | Owned/Started%: 46/17 | Average Draft Position: 95.13
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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.


Hitters to sit in Week 22


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/22/2014) So you're thinking of starting Mike Zunino, Allen Craig, Neil Walker, Casey McGehee, Brock Holt or Josh Hamilton in Fantasy Week 22 (Aug. 25-31)? That may not be such a great idea.

Check out the latest Start and Sit Hitters to find out why.


Allen Craig returns to outfield Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) Red Sox first baseman Allen Craig is starting in right field Friday, just one day after he made his return from the disabled list as a designated hitter. This will be Craig's first appearance in the field since suffering the foot injury that landed him on the DL Aug. 1. 

Allen Craig could have offseason foot surgery


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) Cardinals infielder Allen Craig could have offseason surgery on his foot, according to WEEI. 

Craig is dealing with a Lisfranc injury, and will attempt to play through it down the stretch. He could opt for offseason surgery if he can't handle an increased workload moving forward. Craig has hit .237/.291/.348 over 371 at-bats.


Allen Craig brought back from DL, serving as DH Thursday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014)  Red Sox first baseman Allen Craig was activated from the disabled list Thursday and is in the lineup for that evening's game against the Angels, the team announced.

Craig has been out since injuring his ankle in his first game with the Red Sox. He is batting fifth and serving as the designated hitter Thursday. 


Allen Craig to play the field Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Red Sox infielder Allen Craig will play the field Wednesday, according to the Boston Globe

Craig is at Fenway Park Tuesday to be evaluated and take batting practice. If that goes well, he'll play the outfield in a rehab game Wednesday. Craig is attempting to return from a foot injury. 


Allen Craig goes hitless in first rehab start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Red Sox infielder Allen Craig went hitless in his first rehab start at Triple-A.

Craig went 0 for 2 with a strikeout. He walked in his other plate appearance, reaching base once. Craig was used as the designated hitter during the start, and left the game in the seventh inning. He's been sidelined since August 1 with a foot injury.


Allen Craig beginning rehab assignment Monday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Red Sox outfielder Allen Craig is expected to begin his 2-3 day rehab assignment Monday at Triple-A Pawtucket, the Boston Globe reports Saturday.

Craig is working his way back from a foot injury suffered Aug. 1, and should be back with the team sometime this week.  


Allen Craig to begin rehab assignment Monday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Red Sox outfielder Allen Craig is expected to begin a minor-league rehab assignment Monday, manager John Farrell told ESPN.com Friday. Craig has been out since Aug. 1 due to a foot injury, but shouldn't need a lengthy rehab assignment. 

Allen Craig could begin a rehab assignment this weekend


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Red Sox infielder Allen Craig could begin a rehab assignment this weekend, according to MLB.com.

Craig's rehab assignment would be fairly short. He's been out since August 1 due to a foot injury. 


Report: Allen Craig could return to Red Sox this weekend


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) The Red Sox could activate outfielder Allen Craig off the disabled list as early as this weekend, the Boston Globe has reported.

Craig has been dealing with a foot injury. But his examination revealed that it is unrelated to the Lisfranc tear that interrupted his 2013 season.

After the trade that sent him from St. Louis, he played just one game before going down.


Allen Craig set to visit foot specialist


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) What was rumored has been confirmed - recently acquired Red Sox left fielder Allen Craig has been scheduled to be examined by a foot specialist. Craig was placed on the disabled list Wednesday.

"We just want to make sure we get it right," Boston general manager Ben Cherington told the Boston Globe. "He feels good. He doesn't feel he's that far away from playing. We're going to try to be methodical on this one because he's new to the organization."

Craig concluded last year with with a torn ligament on his foot and has struggled at the plate throughout this season. Cherington, however, said that medical reports available to the team before the trade showed on signs of trouble with his foot.


Red Sox could send Allen Craig to specialist


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) The Red Sox have considered sending recently acquired Allen Craig to Dr. Robert Anderson, who treated the outfielder for a Lisfranc injury last year that included ligament dange in his left foot. Craig is on the disabled list with an ankle issue.

"We just want to be clear and get as much information to determine if there's no correlation between the previous injury and this one," Farrell told the Boston Herald. "We're still in a fact-finding stage."

Craig has deemed his problems at the plate this year to be mechanical rather than injury-related. "It's tough for me to pinpoint exactly what the deal is," he said. "I think there's a lot of different factors. I think there's some adjustments that I needed to make and I was a little slow to make it. I felt like it was the first half of a baseball season. It's not the first time that it's happened. Sometimes struggles make you better in the end. It sounds cliche, but I feel like ... I'm in a better place for having struggled."

The 2013 National League all-star had just one hit in his last 15 at-bats before going down. His stat line this season of .237/.291/.348 is far inferior to what he has achieved in any of his previous three years.


Allen Craig hits the disabled list


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) The Red Sox placed outfielder Allen Craig on the disabled list Tuesday due to an ankle injury, according to baseball reporter Maureen Mullen. Craig suffered an ankle injury in his first game with the Red Sox Friday against the Yankees.

Trade could redeem Allen Craig's value


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/4/2014) Even his most ardent supporters had to admit Allen Craig was a lost cause in St. Louis, at least for this year. The Cardinals were committed to giving Oscar Taveras regular at-bats, and Matt Adams wasn't coming out of the lineup with the way he's been hitting.

Whatever is wrong with Craig's swing (and if you buy the premise he's healthy, a mechanical flaw is the most plausible explanation for his struggles), he wasn't going to correct it without regular at-bats -- the kind only a non-contender like the Red Sox can provide him.

No matter how you feel about the Red Sox, they have as strong of a track record as any team when it comes to personnel moves. Even when one of their acquisitions doesn't pan out, they always find a way to cover their tracks. So for them to acquire Craig in his current state even knowing he's due more than $25 million over the next three seasons tells me they still see him as the .300 hitter he's been throughout his professional career. And seeing as he's only 30 and his professional career goes back as far as 2006, I'm inclined to agree with them. 

Sure, you can point to his line-drive and ground-ball rates and say he's not hitting the ball as hard as he used to, but I'm not suggesting it's a luck thing for him. I'm suggesting that the specifics of a player's mechanics are so finicky that one small change can completely transform that player ... and that one small change can transform him back.

I'm betting on Craig to make that change with the Red Sox, if not this year then next. 


Allen Craig remains sidelined Sunday vs. Yankees


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Red Sox outfielder Allen Craig missed a second straight start Sunday against the Yankees due to an ankle injury. He remains day to day.

Allen Craig out Saturday with ankle issue


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2014) Red Sox outfielder Allen Craig was forced out of the lineup Saturday against the Yankees, after suffering an ankle injury in Friday's game.

Craig, who was appearing in his first game for the Red Sox, was forced out late after turning his ankle. Though the injury is not considered serious, he could miss one or two games as a result of the injury, according to the Boston Herald


Red Sox acquire Joe Kelly, Allen Craig


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The Red Sox acquired starting pitcher Joe Kelly and outfielder/first baseman Allen Craig from the Cardinals Thursday in exchange for starting pitcher John Lackey, according to baseball analyst Peter Gammons.

Hitters to sit in Week 18


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/27/2014) Whether because of poor matchups, unfavorable platoon splits or the fact they're just plain cold, Yan Gomes, Allen Craig, Josh Rutledge, Lonnie Chisenhall, Andrelton Simmons and Khris Davis are "sits" for Fantasy Week 18 (July 28-Aug. 3)

Find out the "why" for each in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Still no power in sight for Allen Craig


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(7/15/2014) One of the most frequent questions I have been asked in recent weeks is, "Is it time to drop Allen Craig?". Up until recent days, I have urged patience with the Cardinals' first baseman/outfielder, but with no apparent end to a power drought that has lasted a full season, I'm finally ready to change my tune.

Allen Craig is droppable in standard mixed leagues.

As my colleague, Scott White, mentioned in his most recent column, a playing time squeeze could conceivably be reason enough to dump Craig, but he's done very little over the past 12 months to earn regular playing time. Even before the Lisfranc injury that brought Craig's regular season to a premature end last year, he was struggling to hit for power, and he's been just as punchless this season. Craig ended April with a .147 Isolated Power, and it's dipped even lower in May and June.

Over the course of this season, Craig has posted a DJ LeMahieu-like 58 percent ground ball rate, and it's actually increased during the month of July. If Craig had taken a turn for the better, I could see keeping him rostered in standard mixed leagues, but there truly is no light at the end of the tunnel.

Even his ability to hit for average has to be questioned. In each of the three previous seasons, Craig hit above .300, but each of those seasons in retrospect looks a little fluky. In 2011, he hit .372 on ground balls, and in 2012, he overachieved a bit on flyballs with a .148 BABIP. Then last season, Craig posted a 28 percent line drive rate that was out of line with his history and with major league norms.

Even if you buy into Craig as a .300 hitter -- and that is looking more and more like a stretch -- you simply can't trust him to produce enough power to be used at either first base or in the outfield. Outside of deeper leagues, it makes sense to let him go.


Hitters to avoid in the second half


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/13/2014) Like what you've gotten from Josh Harrison, Casey McGehee, Kurt Suzuki or Erick Aybar so far? Hoping for a rebound from Allen Craig? You might want to look into alternatives.

Check out my latest column to find out why.


Allen Craig breaks home run drought Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig went 1 for 4 with a two-run home run in his team's 6-5 loss to the Marlins Saturday.

The home run was the first for Craig since May 29 after enduring a homer-less month of June. He has hit .252/.303/.370 with seven home runs and 42 RBI in 330 at-bats.