Everything’s coming up Cardinals.
According to Jenifer Langosch and Chad Thornburg of MLB.com, Allen Craig tested his Lisfranc injury yesterday afternoon by taking 10 simulated at-bats. He said the batting practice session “went well” and expressed optimism that he will be ready for the start of the World Series next Wednesday.
“I think I’ll be ready,” Craig said. “I’m going to give it my best shot. I feel good. I feel like I’m progressing in my rehab. If I had it my way, I’m going to be out there. That’s what I’m anticipating. I wouldn’t miss it for the world.”
Craig is also doing some on-field running, but the thought is that he may not be ready to play on the field as soon as next week. Still, he could be a huge asset in a DH and pinch-hitting capacity.
Craig, 29, batted .315/.373/.457 with 13 home runs and 97 RBI in 134 games during the regular season.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Royals and first baseman Eric Hosmer have discussed a long-term contract extension. However, Hosmer also indicated that he will head into free agency if a deal is not consummated by Opening Day.
Hosmer, 27, avoided arbitration with the Royals last month, agreeing to a $12.25 million salary for the 2017 season. He is one of four key Royals players who can become a free agent after the season along with Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar, and Lorenzo Cain. If Hosmer does reach free agency, he would arguably be the top free agent first baseman.
Hosmer finished the past season hitting .266/.328/.433 with 25 home runs and 104 RBI while making his first All-Star team.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, pending a physical. Assuming the deal is finalized, Sherman notes that the Yankees will have Niese work as both a starter and a reliever in big league camp this spring.
According to Sherman, the Yankees were interested in lefty relievers Jerry Blevins and Boone Logan, but didn’t want to commit at their asking prices. They are looking for a lefty set-up man along with Tommy Lane.
Niese, 30, pitched for the Pirates and Mets last season, finishing with a 5.50 ERA and an 88/47 K/BB ratio over 121 innings.