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Report: Allen Craig had knee surgery

Posted on: December 6, 2011 1:41 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

DALLAS -- With the Cardinals bracing for the possibility of losing first baseman Albert Pujols to free agency, this news is just like rubbing salt in the wound. Outfielder Allen Craig had surgery on his right knee before Thanksgiving, Derrick Gould of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

According to Gould, Craig injured the knee during the regular season when he ran into the wall at Houston's Minute Maid Park. With the surgery, two pins were placed in Craig's kneecap to stabilize it. His expected recovery time is reportedly four to six months. So, yes, the beginning of the 2012 season is certainly in question -- in fact, it looks like he's out until May.

The dynamics of this issue are huge for St. Louis. The backup plan for Pujols signing elsewhere was to move Lance Berkman to first base and use Craig as the everyday right fielder. With Craig now likely out until May, the Cardinals run the risk of being awfully thin offensively, should Pujols sign elsewhere.

Craig, 27, hit .315/.362/.555 with 11 homers in 219 plate appearances last season. He endeared himself to Cardinals fanatics with several big postseason hits, including three home runs and five RBI in the World Series.

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Since: Nov 24, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 6:43 pm
 

Report: Allen Craig had knee surgery

Somebody explain to me how someone injures their knee in the regular season (that's September at the latest), plays in the postseason (October) and then doesn't have surgery until December???
The story said he had it "before thanksgiving". That could be any time after the World Series. 



Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 2:21 pm
 

Report: Allen Craig had knee surgery

Somebody explain to me how someone injures their knee in the regular season (that's September at the latest), plays in the postseason (October) and then doesn't have surgery until December??? Why didn't he do this a month ago when his recovery time might take until April instead of May?

Wouldn't Craig have known in October when the knee wasn't healing that he needed more examination and if surgery was recommended have it done right after the champagne had finished pouring?



Since: Mar 10, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:00 am
 

Report: Allen Craig had knee surgery

wow and then you unplugged your MLB the show Ps3Wink
game 



Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2011 9:41 am
 

Report: Allen Craig had knee surgery

STL should offer him 7 YEARS and 30MILLION a Year and be done with it. If he is not happy with 210 Million dollars then let him go. We have 11 World Series Titles and could upgrade our Team even more if we react to Free Agents now. Buherle would be a great pickup. Saint Louis sells out all the time and the 3 Million in attendence will continue every Year. Hope he stays but its time to sign him or let him walk to $$$$ Craig will be fine and could be back by April so I believe cards doing right by getting his knee fixed now




Since: Jun 20, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2011 5:52 am
 

Report: Allen Craig had knee surgery

***BREAKING NEWS***


The Los Angeles Angels have pulled off a massive 3-way trade with the St. Louis Cardinals and the Miami Marlins.  The exact details of the trade are not clear yet, but the key players involved are Albert Pujols, Hanley Rameriz, Kendry Morales, and Vernon Wells, with Pujols and Hanley Rameriz going to the Angels for a handful of players and also cash considerations  The St. Louis Cardinals who were able to offer Albert Pujols the best contract available to him as far as money and total years goes will sign and trade away Pujols for players from both the Angels and the Marlins.  After signing Pujols, the Cardinals will then trade him to the Angels who will in turn send a combination of players to both the Cardinals and the Miami Marlins.  The Miami Marlins will then send Hanley Rameriz to the Angels.  The following players from the Angles will be going to either the Cardinals or the Marlins, Los Angeles Angel Kendry Morales, Vernon Wells, Alberto Callaspo, Jerome Williams, Fernando Rodney, and either Erik Aybar or Maicer Izturis will be going to either the Cardinals or the Marlins.   It is not clear what players from the Cardinals and the Marlins will also be involved in the trade, but Jon Jay of the Cardinals and Gaby Sanchez of the Marlins have been possible names mentioned. 

Look for more detailed information on this trade to be available in the next couple of days. 



Larry Dobrow, CBSsports.com




Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2011 4:29 pm
 

Report: Allen Craig had knee surgery

Oh, I don't know. Trade the muddy banks of the Mississippi River for the beautiful beaches of the Miami Coast. A short boat ride to the Dominican republic whicj is where he's from. A huge Latino population. His wife happier in Miami than St. Louis. The ability to raise even more money for his charity, something that is very important to him. St. Louis is a GREAT town. I am from the area and a Cardinal fan for life (50+ years) but honestly if your not originally from there it isn't exactly paradise. I REALLY do not think this is about the money. He''ll get that anywhere. But what about quality of life for his wife and kids? If the family wants to live in Miami who are we to say he owes us anything? From a baseball stand point my question for 'The Machine' would be, "If you go to Miami, you may never see another pitch to hit for the next ten years...???



Since: Feb 13, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2011 4:18 pm
 

Report: Allen Craig had knee surgery

Hopefully there are no set backs in the recovery.  Craig is needed on the team with or with Pujols.  Hopefully the Cards pursue another OF and shoot for a veteran.  Pujols will need more than 10 years to accomplish what he has in St Louis.  The most prolific player to play the game has made it to a level that other athletes don't even attempt to make it to with his contributions off the field.  I've followed the Cardinals since the early 80's, I'm no longer in Missouri, but my passion remains true to the Lou.  Hopefully Albert realizes that he's is not only etching himself into the history of baseball, he's etched himself into the hearts of many people. 

Go Cards!!!!



Since: Nov 2, 2009
Posted on: December 6, 2011 4:00 pm
 

Report: Allen Craig had knee surgery

You are right on - a greater chance for another ring(s) and the statue that he will get outside of Busch, immortalizing him. He will get neither playing from age 31-41 in Miami.


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Since: Dec 6, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 3:01 pm
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Since: Jul 21, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2011 2:39 pm
 

Report: Allen Craig had knee surgery

What the heck does another city offer Albert Pujols that he can't get in St. Louis? A solid team? Got it. Adoring fans? Best in the game. Boat loads of money? Hey, $14 mil ain't chump change. Stay the course Albert, or just become another mercenary for hire


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