ST. LOUIS — Injured St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig on Friday was cleared to begin baseball-related activities.
Craig, who is sidelined with a sprained left foot that forced him to miss the final 22 games of the regular season and the first six postseason contests, visited a foot specialist Thursday in North Carolina and was told he can begin the comeback trail.
"Right now, everything is positive," Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak said. "The way our medical staff looks at this is to continue to push him from a PT (physical therapy) standpoint, but also ramp up his baseball activity over the next few days and see how he responds."
Craig won't be allowed to run. The Cardinals will wait as long as possible for that part of Craig's comeback.
"Getting to swing the bat more; we can still buy a little more time on the running part of it," Mozeliak said. "It's encouraging, but we still have to be smart about it."
Craig, who could return in time for the Cardinals' potential berth in the World Series, batted .315 with 29 doubles, 13 home runs and 97 RBIs in 134 regular-season games. He has batted over .300 the last three years.
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