Allen Craig is going for X-rays, may not be ready for playoffs


Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig has been out since September 4 with a sprained left foot and he’s scheduled to have X-rays taken Thursday, with Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch writing “that really isn’t good news in terms of Craig being able to play this last regular-season week or even early in the playoffs.”

Being without Craig in the postseason would be a big loss for the Cardinals, as he hit .315 with an .830 OPS in 134 games before the injury, including some incredible numbers with runners in scoring position, but they do have a very capable fill-in at first base in rookie Matt Adams.

Adams has hit .282 with a Craig-like .833 OPS overall this season, including .329 with seven homers and a 1.000 OPS in 19 games since being pressed into extended duty following Craig’s injury.

Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for Red Sox

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No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.

Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.

Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.