Craig was released by the Red Sox on Friday, Ryan Hannable of WEEI.com reports. Craig, who hasn't seen major-league action since 2015, was slashing .253/.352/.316 in 27 games for Triple-A Pawtucket before being cut loose. The 32-year-old could catch on elsewhere given his previous success in the majors, but it seems unlikely he'll make it back to the big leagues.
Craig was reassigned to the Red Sox's minor-league camp Sunday, freelance Red Sox writer Maureen Mullen reports. The former All-Star remains in the Red Sox organization, but his career has been on the downswing since he was traded to Boston in 2014. He's spent much of the past two seasons in the minors and looks bound to do the same again in 2017 after hitting just .173 at Pawtucket a year ago.
Craig is likely to begin the 2017 season at Triple-A Pawtucket, regardless of how well he hits during spring training, Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. Craig, who had a double and a home run Wednesday against the Mets, is no longer on Boston's 40-man roster and carries a huge salary ($11 million) that would leave the Red Sox susceptible to the luxury tax. So, while his 1.043 spring OPS looks like he's making a case for sticking on the roster, it's not going to happen.
Craig, who hasn't played since May 19 due to right-knee inflammation, will begin a rehabilitation assignment with short-season Lowell on Friday, Logan Mullen of WEEI.com reports. Craig returned from an oblique injury earlier this season, then ended up back on the disabled list after two games with a knee injury. The former major league All-Star and MVP vote-getter is way off the radar these days. So far off that he's not on Boston's 40-man roster.
Craig (oblique) was reinstated from the disabled list Monday. Craig had missed 30 games due to his ailing oblique, but he seems to be back to full health and ready to contribute for the PawSox again. Despite the health concern being behind him, it's unlikely that he'll get anywhere near the majors unless he really picks things up at the plate in the minors.