Allen Craig DH BOS 2 weeks ago

Craig (oblique) was reinstated from the disabled list Monday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

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.

Allen Craig DH BOS 3 weeks ago

Craig (oblique) has begun light baseball activities, WEEI.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Craig has been sidelined by an oblique strain since early in the season after playing just four games for Triple-A Pawtucket. At this point, there's no clear path back to the majors for Craig, unless another organization is willing to take on his hefty contract.

Allen Craig DH BOS 1 month ago

Craig was placed on the disabled list Thursday with an undisclosed injury.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The former All Star from 2013 has had a precipitous decline in recent years, culminating in him being reassigned to minor league camp this spring. Before being placed on the disabled list Thursday, Craig had gone 2-for-10 with a pair of doubles and three strikeouts at Triple-A Pawtucket. The nature of Craig's injury has yet to be disclosed, but he'll be on the shelf for at least a week.

Allen Craig DH BOS 2 months ago

Craig was reassigned to minor league camp Monday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Craig saw time in only 39 major league games last season, and he now appears destined to start the year at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he spent the bulk of 2015. In 93 games, Craig slashed .274/.368/.350 with 30 RBI and 18 extra-base hits.

Allen Craig DH BOS 3 months ago

Craig was Boston's designated hitter Monday and went 0-for-1 with two walks in an exhibition game against Boston College.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Craig's descent from grace continues as he enters spring training a non-roster invitee, having been outrighted off the 40-man roster in the offseason. If he can ever reclaim the luster he had in 2012 and 2013 when he hit .311/.364/.488/.852 for the Cardinals, Craig could be insurance at first base should the Hanley Ramirez experiment not work out and back up in the outfield. In all likelihood, the Red Sox would take advantage of even a partial return to his halcyon days by trading Craig, who will make $9 million this season and $11 million in 2017.

Allen Craig DH BOS 7 months ago

Craig was outrighted off the 40-man roster Friday, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The move doesn't come as much of a surprise, as Craig has essentially become a minor league player since going to Boston. In 65 games with the Red Sox over the past two seasons, he's hit just .139, so it appears he will accept his assignment rather than try his luck in free agency.

Allen Craig DH BOS 8 months ago

Craig filled in as the designated hitter Thursday night as David Ortiz (general soreness) was held out of the lineup. He went 1-for-4 in a loss to the Yankees.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Craig has been a forgotten man on Boston's roster, getting just 22 at-bats in September, but figures to get playing time in the final three games, as the Red Sox are unlikely to have Ortiz play again this season.

Allen Craig DH BOS 9 months ago

Craig entered Saturday's game as the designated hitter after David Ortiz was removed due to calf tightness.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Craig went hitless in two plate appearances. With Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) on the disabled list, Craig is a logical replacement if Ortiz is going to miss some games.

Allen Craig DH BOS 9 months ago

Craig started at first base and went 0-for-4 in Friday night's win over Philadelphia. He was making his first start since being called up from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Red Sox have been impressed with Craig's professionalism as the former MVP candidate in 2012 deals with a prolonged stretch of adversity, which is partially attributed to the Lisfranc injury in his left foot suffered in 2013. The injury impacted Craig's swing and his ability to drive the ball. He'll finish up the season, playing mostly at first base, and will be around when 2016 spring training rolls around. At present, there's no room for him in the outfield and the plans to move Hanley Ramirez to first base appears to preclude him from being a starter there.

Allen Craig DH BOS 9 months ago

Craig is starting at first base and hitting fifth Friday, the Providence Journal's Tim Britton reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

With Travis Shaw slumping at the plate, Craig could start to see at least a few starts per week at first base down the stretch. Since the start of 2014 Craig has a .207 average and just nine home runs in 566 plate appearances in the big leagues, so he should be viewed as a below-replacement-level major league first baseman until he proves otherwise.