Once a key part of a pair of World Series runs by the St. Louis Cardinals, Allen Craig’s career has not been the same since suffering a Lisfranc fracture in his left foot late in the 2013 season.
Craig has been forced to transition from a starter to a part-time player with the Boston Red Sox, but that transition has been anything but smooth. After hitting .135 with one home run and two RBIs in 24 games this season, the former All-Star is heading to Triple-A.
The Red Sox optioned Craig and relief pitcher Robbie Ross Jr. to Pawtucket and promoted outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. and pitcher Steven Wright on Sunday.
“When we sat and met at the outset of spring training, we talked about focusing on getting him back to being the best hitter he could be and reestablishing his strengths,” Farrell told reporters. “We felt like we were able to get some momentum going, [but] when spring training was coming to an end, we knew the role was going to be different. That’s been a difficult thing for him.
“We sent him out to try get back on track and get him more regular, more consistent at-bats, not only for his own production but maybe so he can get into a situation where he can come back and help us. This is as much about Allen as it is us and the current stretch we’re going through. We felt like the best and most clear path to get us back on track is to have every player hopefully performing to the best of their abilities. For Allen, that meant more regular at-bats at Triple-A for the time being.”
Craig signed a five-year, $31 million with the Cardinals before the 2013 season. Boston sent pitchers John Lackey and Corey Littrell to St. Louis in exchange for Craig and pitcher Joe Kelly at the 2014 trade deadline.