Allen Craig goes on disabled list after injuring ankle in Red Sox debut

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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.

Giants sign Darin Ruf to minor league contract

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The Athletic’s Jayson Stark reports that the Giants have signed 1B/OF Darin Ruf to a minor league contract.

Ruf, 33, played parts of five seasons in the majors with the Phillies from 2012-16, enjoying occasional offensive success. He spent the last three seasons in the KBO League in South Korea with the Samsung Lions, reigniting his career. Ruf hit an aggregate .313/.404/.564 with 86 home runs and 350 RBI over 1,756 plate appearances.

Ruf joins an ever-increasing list of players whose major league careers fizzled out, then found new life overseas — Eric Thames and Miles Mikolas are a couple of examples. Ruf will hope to prove himself as a big leaguer once more in spring training with the Giants.