Allen Craig doesn’t have a clear role with the Red Sox going into the 2015 season, but they are going to try their hardest to find some way to fit him into their roster. Red Sox manager John Farrell told Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com today that he’s looking into testing Craig at multiple positions this spring, including third base.
“We’ve had that conversation,” said Farrell. “He’s open to it. The best thing about where Allen sits now is that he’s here, he’s open to the thought of third base and we’ll see how that plays out, to at least answer the question in spring training. Where it goes from there, remains to be seen.
But this is a very talented player who’s having a good offseason physically.”
Craig has only played four games at third base in the majors, but it was his primary position in the minors until about 2008. The Red Sox have a crowded outfield and are already set between first base and DH, so providing versatility off the bench is key.
Craig, who was acquired from the Cardinals last July in the John Lackey deal, batted just .215 with eight home runs and a .594 OPS across 126 games last season. The 30-year-old hasn’t been nearly the same since a left foot injury in September of 2013 and it’s unlikely anyone would bite on a trade until he proves his health and has better results at the plate. He’s owed $26.5 million over the next three seasons.
PITTSBURGH — The New York Mets will have to dig out of an early-season hole without star first baseman Pete Alonso.
The leading home run hitter in the majors will miss three-to-four weeks with a bone bruise and a sprain in his left wrist.
The Mets placed Alonso on the 10-day injured list Friday, retroactive to June 8. Alonso was hit in the wrist by a 96 mph fastball from Charlie Morton in the first inning of a 7-5 loss to Atlanta on Wednesday.
Alonso traveled to New York for testing on Thursday. X-rays revealed no broken bones, but the Mets will be missing one of the premier power hitters in the game as they try to work their way back into contention in the NL East.
“We got better news than it could have been,” New York manager Buck Showalter said. “So we take that as a positive. It could have been worse.”
New York had lost six straight heading into a three-game series at Pittsburgh that began Friday. Mark Canha started at first for the Mets in the opener. Mark Vientos could also be an option, though Showalter said the coaching staff may have to use its “imagination” in thinking of ways to get by without Alonso.
“I’m not going to say someone has to step up and all that stuff,” Showalter said. “You’ve just got to be who you are.”
Even with Alonso in the lineup, the Mets have struggled to score consistently. New York is 16th in the majors in runs scored.
The team also said Friday that reliever Edwin Uceta had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Uceta initially went on the IL in April with what the team called a sprained left ankle. He is expected to be out for at least an additional eight weeks.
New York recalled infielder Luis Guillorme and left-handed reliever Zach Muckenhirn from Triple-A Syracuse. The Mets sent catcher Tomás Nido to Triple-A and designated reliever Stephen Nogosek for assignment.
Nogosek is 0-1 with a 5.63 ERA in 13 games this season.