Allen Craig turned his left ankle while stepping on first base Friday night during his Red Sox debut and now he’s headed to the disabled list.
Craig logged just four plate appearances for the Red Sox after being acquired from the Cardinals in the deal for John Lackey. Before the trade he struggled all season in St. Louis, hitting just .237 with a .638 OPS in 97 games after topping an .825 OPS in each of the previous three seasons.
He hasn’t been the same since fracturing his left foot late last season and according to Alex Speier of WEEI.com “the Red Sox were trying to discern if there was any connection between last year’s injury and this one.”
In his absence the Red Sox figure to increase rookie Mookie Betts’ playing time, which could potentially prove to be a positive thing long term. Daniel Nava will also see more action.
Sure, spring training games don’t count toward anything “real,” but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy Angels’ star pitcher/hitter Shohei Ohtani mowing down his first big league competitors.
On Saturday, Ohtani took the mound against the Brewers for his first official outing in an Angels uniform. After allowing a leadoff double to Jonathan Villar, the 23-year-old righty settled down and issued a three-pitch strikeout to Nate Orf, his first of the spring.
It wasn’t the cleanest inning for the right-hander: the Brewers plated their first run on a walk, wild pitch and subsequent throwing error by catcher Martin Maldonado. Ohtani didn’t let things unravel further, however, and induced a pop-up for the second out before catching Brett Phillips looking on a called strike three to end the inning.
While the two-way phenom only lasted another two batters (a Keon Broxton dinger finished him off in the second), he’s already started to look like a formidable presence on the mound. Time will tell whether he can deliver at the plate as well — rumor has it he could feature in the Angels’ lineup as soon as Monday.