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Allen Craig not healthy enough to play field for Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals' Allen Craig breaks his bat

St. Louis Cardinals' Allen Craig breaks his bat as he fouls off a pitch during the fourth inning of Game 1 of the World Series against the Boston Red Sox. (Oct. 23, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

ST. LOUIS -- Allen Craig was healthy enough to serve as the DH in the first two games of the World Series. But the Cardinals first baseman found himself back on the bench for Game 3 and likely will not start Games 4 and 5 because his left foot is not healthy enough for him to play in the field.

"He feels good and made a stride forward today,'' Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said of Craig, who took grounders in the field Friday during a workout and again before Game 3 Saturday night. "That may end up happening, but right now the timing, we just can't do it yet, as far as a start goes. But not to say we can't insert him into the game defensively later on.''

Craig, 25, batted .315 with a .373 OBP, 13 homers and a team-best 97 RBIs before suffering a Lisfranc injury in his left foot Sept. 4. He hit an MLB-leading .454 with runners in scoring position. Matt Adams, 1-for-8 in the first two games of the Series, again started at first base. Craig was 2-for-7 with a walk in the first two games.

"We're pretty happy with the guy we have out there; Matt Adams has done a terrific job,'' Matheny said. "Extremely happy that Allen Craig has been able to be added to our roster this round. And I know he's worked hard to be a part of this team, which he should be. He's such a big part of us being here to begin with.''

Solid strategyLance Lynn, scheduled to start Game 4 for the Cardinals, was asked about his approach against Boston's David Ortiz, 4-for-6 with two homers and five RBIs in the first two games of the Series.

"Not giving him anything to drive out of the ballpark would be a start,'' Lynn said. "You want to make sure you don't let him beat you. They have a lot of guys that can do a lot of damage. But I'm OK with . . . not giving him anything to hit, especially anything to drive out of the ballpark. My game plan is not to let him get anything up in the air . . . and make him hit my pitch at all times. And I have to walk him, I'm going to walk him.''

Napoli in the wingsWith the Series moving to St. Louis -- meaning no DH -- Ortiz started at first base, sending Mike Napoli to the bench. Ortiz, to put it gently, has never been and is not known as a fielder. He started only six games at first this season.

"If we do have a lead in the sixth or seventh inning, he's more than ready to go to pick up for David at first,'' Red Sox manager John Farrell said of Napoli. "That's why we've got to be a little careful when to use him as a pinch hitter, to preserve that defensive side of it.''

Beltran awarded Clemente

Cardinals rightfielder Carlos Beltran was presented the annual Roberto Clemente Award before the game by commissioner Bud Selig. The award is given to the player who "best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field.''

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