ST. LOUIS — Cardinals cleanup hitter Allen Craig says he’s recovered from a foot injury and ready to be put on St. Louis’ World Series roster.
“I’m happy with where I’m at,” Craig said Sunday. “No complaints. I’m happy to be on the roster and give it a shot, so I’m really excited.”
Craig hasn’t played since Sept. 4 because a left mid-foot sprain. He anticipates being the designated hitter in Wednesday night’s Series opener at the Boston.
“I think all indications are pointing that way,” Craig said. “I haven’t been told, ‘Hey, you’re on the roster,’ but given my progress, I think I’m in a good spot.”
It’s basically a no-lose proposition because the Cardinals could replace Craig if he re-injured the foot. General manager John Mozeliak said doctors believe Craig is progressed to the point he’s not risking a major setback.
“He’s such a prolific hitter it’s definitely worth the chance,” Mozeliak said. “My understanding is he’s swinging the bat pretty well. If nothing else, he adds a little pop off that bench.”
Rookie Matt Adams has been the regular first baseman since Craig was hurt while running the bases.
Craig batted a major league-best .454 during the regular season with runners in scoring position.
NEW YORK — One of Alex Rodriguez’s lawyers wants Major League Baseball to release testimony about whether Commissioner Bud Selig knew Anthony Bosch distributed banned substances to teenagers.
Rob Manfred, baseball’s chief operating officer, testified last week during the grievance filed by the players’ union to overturn Rodriguez’s 211-game suspension.
Baseball suspended 13 players last summer following its investigation of Bosch’s now-closed Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic. Rodriguez received the lengthiest penalty and was the only one in the group to contest his discipline.
• Average ratings for the ALCS were the best for Fox since 2010, when Texas beat the Yankees in six games. The series clincher in Boston was the highest-rated LCS encounter on Fox since Game 6 of that year’s NLCS, when the Giants beat the Phillies.