Cardinals slugger Allen Craig hit a game-tying RBI single in the top of the fourth inning of Wednesday night’s tilt against the Reds, but he got tangled up a few feet beyond the first base bag with umpire Laz Diaz and planted awkwardly on his left ankle.
Craig was on the ground for a while — allowing the Reds to tag him out — and the initial worry was that he might have done something bad to his right knee, which had to be surgically repaired prior to the 2012 season. But replay of the injury clearly shows a left ankle tweak and Craig eventually walked over to the visitor’s dugout at Great American Ball Park under his own power. Matt Adams came on to fill in at first base in the bottom of the fourth.
Craig is hitting .315/.373/.457 with 13 homers and 97 RBI in 134 games this year. He’s likely day-to-day.
UPDATE, 9:24 p.m. ET: Craig has been diagnosed with a left foot sprain. He’ll be reevaluated Thursday.
Remember Manny Banuelos? He was once a top pitching prospect for the Yankees and then, apparently disappeared from the face of the earth. Or at least it felt like it. Now he’s in the news, however, as the Dodgers have signed him to a minor league contract.
OK, Banuelos didn’t disappear. He was traded to the Braves in 2015, had a cup of coffee with them, pitching pretty ineffectively in seven big league games, was released by Atlanta in the middle of 2016 and then latched on with the Angels. This past season he posted a 4.93 ERA over 95 innings while being used mostly as a reliever at Triple-A Salt Lake.
Banuelos pitched in the Future’s Game in 2009 and was a star in the Arizona Fall League in 2010. He was a top-50 prospect heading into 2011 before falling to Tommy John surgery in 2012. With Atlanta he suffered some bone spur problems and then some elbow issues that never resulted in surgery but which never subsided enough for him to fulfill his potential either. He suffered injuries. A lot of pitchers do.
It’s unrealistic to think that Banuelos will fulfill the promise he had six years ago, but he’s worth a minor league deal to see if the 26-year-old can at least be a serviceable reliever.