Allen Craig out until at least NLCS*, maybe World Series*

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Allen Craig won't be seeing any action in the NLDS, per his general manager.
Allen Craig won't be seeing any action in the NLDS, per his general manager. (USATSI)

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*If the Cardinals get there, that is

The St. Louis Cardinals will be without All-Star first baseman Allen Craig until the NLCS at the earliest, and he may not even be available until the World Series -- should the Cardinals make it to either round -- general manager John Mozeliak told reporters Friday (Bob Nightengale).

Craig hasn't played since Sept. 4 due to a left foot injury. Mozeliak told reporters the club was taking a conservative approach because pushing Craig might cause further injury and impact the beginning of the 2014 season.

Craig, 29, made the All-Star team for the first time this season. He's hitting .315/.373/.457 with 29 doubles, 13 homers and 97 RBI -- which will obviously end up being his final stat line for the 2013 regular season.

Fortunately for St. Louis, there's a capable replacement at first base in 25-year-old rookie Matt Adams. He's hitting .285/.337/.511 with 17 homers and 51 RBI in just 306 plate appearances. In fact, he's been on fire since taking over for Craig, hitting .338/.363/.675 with eight homers and 15 RBI in 21 games.

Still, Craig is as steady and reliable as they come at the plate. He has also earned a reputation as a clutch postseason performer.

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