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

The Red Sox outrighted Craig off their 40-man roster Monday, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

Craig passed through waivers unclaimed, which is surprising for a player that had 97 RBI just two seasons ago, but not surprising for a 30-year-old with a guaranteed $26.5 million left on his contract. Craig reported to Triple-A Pawtucket after being optioned there last week, and he will remain there moving forward.

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

Craig served as the first baseman for Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday, going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

This was Craig's first appearance since being demoted and it looks like the organization wants him to get comfortable at first base.

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

Craig was optioned to Triple-A on Saturday, the Boston Herald's Jason Mastrodonato reports.

Since Craig had an option remaining he was the choice, rather than designating a player like Daniel Nava for assignment and risking losing him on waivers. As a player with less than five years of MLB service time, Craig cannot refuse the assignment. This will give him a chance to get regular at-bats. Jackie Bradley has been recalled as a corresponding move, as the Red Sox were set on making some roster moves following Saturday's loss.

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

Craig went 0-for-3 and was hit by a pitch in Friday night's loss to the Blue Jays.

Craig continues to start in place of the injured Hanley Ramirez (shoulder), but has provided very little as fill-in. In the last four games, he's gone 2-for-11 with two walks and four strikeouts. He was one of four hitters in Boston's lineup Friday that is hitting below .200.

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

Craig started in left field again Wednesday night and went 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout in Boston's loss to Tampa Bay.

Craig started in place of the injured Hanley Ramirez (shoulder), who will travel with the Red Sox for a road trip that kicks off Friday night in Toronto. Ramirez is still considered day-to-day, so this is a good opportunity for Craig to get consistent at-bats.

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

Craig started in left field Tuesday night in place of the injured Hanley Ramirez (shoulder). He went 1-for-2 with a walk.

It sounds like Ramirez will avoid a stint on the disabled list, which means Craig's usability will be short-lived. Even with the playing time, Craig's usability may be something to avoid. In a sparse role thus far, Craig is hitting just .163.

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

Craig entered Monday night's game in left field after Hanley Ramirez suffered a shoulder injury. He went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.

The Red Sox may have dodged a more serious injury with Ramirez, but we're still waiting on his response. In the meantime, Craig could be in line for a few starts depending on how much time Ramirez needs. Craig is hitting just .146 in 45 plate appearances this season.

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

Craig started in right field and went 1-for-3 with his first homer of the season in Friday night's loss to the Yankees.

Manager John Farrell has been reticent to use Craig in the spacious right field at Fenway Park, but Craig got the start over Brock Holt because the manager wanted another right-handed bat in the lineup against lefty CC Sabathia. The decision obviously paid off, but we suspect Holt will be back in the lineup Saturday against right-hander Nate Eovaldi. In a minimal role off the bench this season, Craig is just 5-for-37 (.135) with 10 strikeouts.

Allen Craig 1B/LF/RF BOS 3 months 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 4 months 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.