Red Sox being 'extra cautious' with Allen Craig

Red Sox being 'extra cautious' with Allen Craig
August 6, 2014, 9:00 pm
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ST. LOUIS -- It's uncertain when Allen Craig will play again for the Red Sox, but general manager Ben Cherington maintained Wednesday that the club has no "long-term'' concerns about the injured outfielder, obtained last week from the Cardinals.

Craig was placed on the DL Tuesday with a left foot injury, similar to the one he had late last season.

For now, the Sox are taking this slow and making sure they have all the necessary information.

"Because of what he went through last year,'' said Cherington, "we're trying to be extra cautious. We're still working through that. The long-term prognosis is very good. There's no concern about whether he's going to be OK to play and feel good and be completely healthy. It's just a question of making sure that we're not putting him in a position where he's compromised and is at risk of doing something else by compensating for what's going on with his foot. We're just working through that.''

Last year, Craig missed the final month of the season and the first two rounds of the post-season with a similar injury before returning in time for the World Series.

"Part of the reason it was managed conservatively last year is because of where the Cardinals were (comfortable ahead in the division),'' said Cherington. "And based on where are now, this is obviously a long-term proposition -- we  acquired him to be part of the team for a long time. We just want to make sure we get it right.''

Cherington was asked, given that the Sox aren't playing for anything in 2014, whether it might not be wise to shut Craig down for the remainder of the season and give him additional time to get healthy.

"We're not at that point,'' he said. "He feels he's not that far away from playing. We're going to try to me methodical on this one because he's new to the organization, because we're managing a new case and because there's a lot of information to digest.''

The Red Sox reviewed Craig's medical records before agreeing to the deal that sent John Lackey to St. Louis in exchange for Craig and Joe Kelly and were not blindsided by the issue with his foot.

"There were no red flags in the long-term,'' said Cherington. "Obviously we had access to everything and he's had stuff. But we didn't have any heightened concerned about whether this is a long-term risk and he had played through October and played a lot this year on it. He just hit the bag awkwardly (last Friday) and felt soreness.

"It just happened the way it happened but because of what he's been through, we just want to be sure that we have this thing taken care of in the right way so he can move forward and whenever he starts playing again, we can all make sure that he's in good shape and in a good position.''