Allen Craig 1B/LF.. BOS 3 Days

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.

Allen Craig 1B/LF.. BOS 4 Months

Craig does not need anymore testing on his foot, Maureen Mullen reports.

Good news for Allen Craig feels like a rarity at this point. His anemic .215/.279/.315 line from 2014 could be a result of being unable to properly land on his lead foot, but any optimistic projections for him should still be approached with extreme caution.

Allen Craig 1B/LF.. BOS 4 Months

Craig (personal) is back in the lineup Wednesday against the Rays.

Craig was away from the team Tuesday attending to a personal matter, but as expected, he's back at first base Wednesday in place of Mike Napoli (foot). The 30-year-old Craig will look to record his first career hit off Rays starter Jake Odorizzi (0-for-7).

Allen Craig 1B/LF.. BOS 4 Months

Craig was not with the team Tuesday due to personal reasons, but he is scheduled to return prior to Wednesday's game, WEEI's Rob Bradford reports.

He missed his second straight game Tuesday, but it sounds like there's a chance he could be back in the lineup Wednesday, and at the very least, later in the week.

Allen Craig 1B/LF.. BOS 4 Months

Craig is out of the lineup Sunday against the Orioles, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

Craig has started four straight games between first base and right field for the Red Sox, but will get a regular day of rest Sunday afternoon. Daniel Nava will take over at first, while Bryce Brentz will draw his first start of the season in right field.

Allen Craig 1B/LF.. BOS 5 Months

Craig is out of the lineup Monday against the Orioles.

Craig failed to make the most of the five consecutive starts he received from Wednesday through Sunday, going 1-for-14 with eight strikeouts. He's batting just .109 since joining the Red Sox, and this point, can probably be dropped in most formats.

Allen Craig 1B/LF.. BOS 5 Months

Craig is out of the lineup Friday against the Blue Jays.

Daniel Nava will man right field again Friday in place of Craig, who's currently in the midst of an 0-for-15 slump. Craig is just 4-for-38 since joining Boston and could end up playing second fiddle to Nava if he doesn't pick it up soon.

Allen Craig 1B/LF.. BOS 5 Months

Craig went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in Wednesday night's loss to the Yankees. In 10 games with Boston, Craig is 4-for-36 (.111) with 15 strikeouts in 41 plate appearances.

This is not the Craig the team thought it was getting when they acquired him for John Lackey. Craig refuses to blame lingering effects of the foot injury he suffered a year ago, for which he opted for rest over surgery, or the inconsistent playing time he's getting with Boston. But something's not right as Craig's now has a season line of .226/.285/.337 combined between St. Louis and Boston. A couple of weeks ago, according to ESPN Boston, manager John Farrell acknowledged that surgery may be in the offing. "The injury he had last year was something that was given rest and recovery, rather than repair," Farrell said. "I guess it's debatable whether a repair was needed or recommended, but they chose the conservative path."

Allen Craig 1B/LF.. BOS 5 Months

Craig is out of the lineup Sunday against the Rays, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.

Manager John Farrell will go with the switch-hitting Daniel Nava to counter Rays right-hander Alex Cobb, leaving Craig as one of the Red Sox's top pinch-hitting options off the bench Sunday. Craig hasn't enjoyed as consistent playing time with his new club as he enjoyed with the Cardinals, and the timeshare with Nava in right field could rage on for the remainder of the season.

Allen Craig 1B/LF.. BOS 5 Months

Craig started at first base in Monday night's win over Toronto. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

With David Ortiz (foot) unavailable, the Red Sox had Mike Napoli fill in at designated hitter while Craig moved from the outfield to first base. The decision to play Craig at first is also an indication of how manager John Farrell will juggle his lineup to get regular at-bats for productive outfield hitters (Brock Holt, Yoenis Cespedes, Daniel Nava, Mookie Betts).