Allen Craig 1B/LF/RF BOS 4 days ago

Craig is in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Nationals, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.

Craig will make his second start of the season -- this time at first base with Mike Napoli serving as the DH while David Ortiz gets a day off. Craig will bat cleanup against Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez, against whom he is 3-for-7 in his career.

Allen Craig 1B/LF/RF BOS 2 weeks ago

Craig hit an inside-the-park homer in Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays.

The homer came on a line-drive he sent toward the right-field corner, the type of hit we'd come to expect from Craig when he's at is best. Craig was considered a likely trade chip during the offseason, but just days before the start of the regular season, he's expected to head north with Boston.

Allen Craig 1B/LF/RF BOS 3 weeks ago

Craig is considered the primary backup at first base, ahead of Daniel Nava, the Boston Globe reports.

We're this late in spring training and Craig is still on the team. There's been talk of Craig potentially heading out via a trade, but nothing has materialized, so manager John Farrell prepares to have him on the roster, something that should give Boston very good depth.

Allen Craig 1B/LF/RF BOS 1 month ago

Craig hit an opposite-field homer in Tuesday's game against the Braves.

Craig, who started at first base Tuesday, is 5-of-13 in his last four games.

Allen Craig 1B/LF/RF BOS 1 month ago

Red Sox manager John Farrell said he expects Craig to be on Boston's roster this season, reports.

What else would Farrell say? Craig's value is at its lowest and he doesn't have a spot in the starting lineup. Farrell will try to find at-bats for Craig this spring and get him untracked for the start of the regular season. He'll backup Mike Napoli at first base and Hanley Ramirez in left field.

Allen Craig 1B/LF/RF BOS 1 month ago

Craig had two hits and reached base four times in Saturday's split-squad game against the Orioles.

Craig has his head down, focused on having a good spring and seeing where the baseball gods take him. At this point, he's nothing more than a backup with Boston, but if he hits well this spring, he could find himself involved in a trade to a better situation.

Allen Craig 1B/LF/RF BOS 2 months ago

Craig has "much more life in his bat," according to manager John Farrell, the Boston Globe reports.

Craig has looked good in batting practice, suggesting that his fully healed left foot gives him a better base and stronger swing.

Allen Craig 1B/LF/RF BOS 2 months ago

Craig reported to training camp Sunday and said he had a normal workout schedule in the offseason, reports.Craig experienced foot problems in 2013, which impacted his ability to prepare for 2014, when his OPS fell to .594. He understands there isn't a position in Boston's starting lineup for him, but Craig is prepared to work hard in spring training.

Allen Craig 1B/LF/RF BOS 3 months ago

Craig said a foot injury impacted his preparation for the 2014 season and added that there are no such problems has he prepares for the 2015 season, the Boston Herald reports. From 2011-2013, Craig hit .312 with an .863 OPS, but fell off to .215 and .594 last season.

Craig said his foot felt fine for most of the 2014 season, but feels it impacted his leg strength. At this point, with Mike Napoli at first base and a crowded corner-outfield group, Craig is somewhat redundant on the roster. That situation suggests a possible trade, but with his value at a career low, the Red Sox are loath to move Craig. Both Craig and the club are motivated to let the healthy version of the player report to spring training and build toward the season.

Allen Craig 1B/LF/RF BOS 3 months ago

The Red Sox are intent on finding a role for Craig in 2015, reports. "Allen can play first in addition to the two corner spots in the outfield. I think we're focused short-term with Allen right now," general manager Ben Cherington said. "It's one of the things we'll be able to figure out as it gets closer to opening day. He can protect us at a bunch of spots and we know if he's doing what he's capable of doing he can play everyday somewhere."

Craig doesn't have an obvious everyday role. Mike Napoli is expected to start at first base while the corner outfield spots are filled by offseason addition Hanley Ramirez and lead-off candidate Mookie Betts. And we haven't even talked about former gold-glover Shane Victorino. The Red Sox are content to let it play out in spring training and see where Craig is at. He hit just .128 with a .425 OPS after joining Boston last season. Cherington and manager John Farrell want to see what Craig can do with an offseason of full health while starting the year in the Boston organization.