Allen Craig was acquired by the Boston Red Sox prior to the trade deadline, but a bum ankle has limited him to just one game with his new team. It turns out the severity of the injury is enough to keep the outfielder out for a lot longer. 

According to MLB writer Maureen Mullen, Craig will be placed on the 15-day disabled list because of his faulty ankle:

Alex Speier of confirmed the report, citing a Red Sox team source, and adding some additional insight into Craig’s injury:

Craig is heading to the disabled list due to an ankle injury, according to a Red Sox team source. Craig went 1-for-4 with a double in his Sox debut on Friday, but in his final at-bat, he tweaked his ankle while crossing first base while running out a grounder.

Craig missed considerable time last year due to a Lisfranc fracture in his foot. On Sunday, Sox manager Johnsaid that the Red Sox were trying to discern if there was any connection between last year’s injury and this one.

Despite a rough 2014 season that has seen Craig hit .237/.291/.348 in 98 games, Marc Normandin of did note that this could just end up as a blip on the radar when we look back on his career:

Keep in mind that Craig was one of the best pure hitters in the National League from 2011-13, when he hit .312/.364/.500 with 46 home runs. He just turned 30 on July 18 and is signed to a very reasonable deal that pays him $25.5 million from 2015-17. 

The Red Sox can take a cautious approach with Craig this season since they aren’t going to the playoffs, let him get healthy and hope that 2015 sees a return to form for the former NL All-Star. 


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