ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals are hoping first baseman Allen Craig will return in the postseason. It just won't be in the division series.
The Cardinals ruled Craig out for the first part of the playoffs on Friday. They're hoping his injured left foot will allow him to play at some point if the team makes a deep run.
"Understanding the severity of this injury, as optimistic as we were when it first happened, the reality is we have to take a very conservative approach," general manager John Mozeliak said before the Cardinals played the Cubs. "To try to rush him back or push him to get back would put him in peril."
Craig has been sidelined with a mid-foot sprain since early this month.
"It's not something you can play through," said Craig, who met with a specialist on Thursday. "Obviously, if that was the case I would be out there yesterday. If we get to the NLCS or World Series, you never know."
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