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Cardinals expected to welcome back Craig

Published Oct. 21, 2013

ST. LOUIS — Cardinals cleanup hitter Allen Craig said he has recovered from a foot injury and is ready to be put on St. Louis' World Series roster.

"I'm happy with where I'm at," Craig said Sunday. "No complaints. I'm happy to be on the roster and give it a shot, so I'm really excited."

Craig hasn't played since Sept. 4 because a left mid-foot sprain. He anticipates being the DH in Wednesday night's World Series opener at the Red Sox.

"I think all indications are pointing that way," Craig said. "I haven't been told, 'Hey, you're on the roster,' but given my progress, I think I'm in a good spot."

It's basically a no-lose proposition because the Cardinals could replace Craig if he reinjured the foot. GM John Mozeliak said doctors believe Craig has progressed to where he's not risking a major setback.

"He's such a prolific hitter, it's definitely worth the chance," Mozeliak said. "My understanding is he's swinging the bat pretty well. If nothing else, he adds a little pop off that bench."

CARDS OPEN WITH ACE: As expected, St. Louis manager Mike Matheny will start RHP Adam Wainwright in Game 1. Wainwright has a 1.57 ERA in three postseason starts, going at least seven innings and allowing two or fewer runs in all three. The Red Sox are expected to counter with LHP Jon Lester.

RATINGS SOAR: Average ratings for the ALCS between the Tigers and Red Sox were the best for Fox since 2010, when the Rangers beat the Yankees in six games. The series clincher in Boston was the highest-rated LCS encounter on Fox since Game 6 of that year's NLCS, when the Giants eliminated the Phillies. The game attracted an average of 9 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research, peaking at 10.7 million from 11-11:30 p.m., when Shane Victorino hit a grand slam for the Red Sox.

BOSOX SIGN CUBAN pitcher: The Red Sox and Cuban RHP Dalier Hinojosa agreed to terms on a minor-league deal worth $4.25 million, reported. Hinojosa, 27, is expected to be invited to spring training.

AROUND THE MAJORS: One of Alex Rodriguez's lawyers wants Major League Baseball to release testimony about whether commissioner Bud Selig knew Anthony Bosch distributed banned substances to teenagers. Rob Manfred, baseball's chief operating officer, testified last week during the grievance filed by the players' union to overturn Rodriguez's 211-game suspension for his association with Bosch and his Miami-area clinic.