Sidelined since Sept. 4 with a foot injury, Allen Craig will be on the Cardinals roster. He’ll likely serve as the DH at Fenway and return to first base in games at Busch Stadium.
“That gives us more depth,” manager Mike Matheny said on Tuesday. “We have a couple of hitters that we’d love to have in the lineup, and actually all season long we were in that situation, where we had a Matt Adams and Allen Craig and sometimes a Carlos Beltran and Matt Holliday that we were switching around, trying to find playing time for all those bats.
“But right now we feel comfortable with Allen as a DH. Once we get back to St. Louis, we’ll reevaluate, but we anticipate him being able to pinch hit. But if he continues to progress and things look differently, we could make that change. But right now we’re pretty happy with Matt Adams at first base.”
Adron Chambers will come off the roster to make room for Craig, who hit .315 with 97 RBIs during the regular season.
It’s not a put-on
In the 23 times Adam Wainwright has faced Shane Victorino, only once has the Cardinals righthander ever hit Victorino with a pitch. But in this postseason, Victorino has been a magnet for the baseball, getting pegged six times in 10 games.
Knowing the trouble Victorino creates on the base paths, Wainwright said he has no intentions of putting him on.
“I pitched against Shane many years,” Wainwright said. “I know if he gets on base, he can wreak havoc. He’s very fast. He’s a very good base runner.”
Victorino has hit .227 lifetime against Wainwright with a homer, a double, three RBIs, and two strikeouts.
The Cardinals are staying in Boston this time around after being forced to stay in Quincy for the 2004 World Series. “I think we were staying in Connecticut last time,” Matheny said. “Boston is a beautiful city, especially this time of year, and I think we’re all very happy to stay nice and close this time. It was about an $80 cab ride in ’04.” . . . Righthander Shelby Miller threw a simulated game and looked good, Matheny said. Miller went 15-9 in the regular season but has made only one appearance in the playoffs, throwing one inning. “We’re able to use him as needed,” Matheny said . . . Injured Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter took batting practice and shot a few over the Monster.
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