Allen Craig Injury: Cardinals Slugger Will Not Be Ready For Opening Day

The St. Louis Cardinals originally thought that utility man Allen Craig, who is recovering from off season knee surgery, would be ready to be with the team on Opening Day, but on Wednesday morning skipper Mike Matheny said the timeline for Craig's return has been extended.

Craig is slated to be the team's starting second basemen, and he will be replaced in the line up by Tyler Greene until he is healthy. Last season, Craig hit .315/.362/.555 while mostly playing left field, and the Cardinals are so eager to get his bat in the line up that they plan on shoehorning him at second base. Craig also hit .243/.391/.622 in the postseason, which included three home runs in the World Series vs. the Texas Rangers.

For more on the St. Louis Cardinals, head over to Viva El Birdos, SB Nation's Cards blog. Stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis for more breaking news and updates concerning all matters St. Louis sports, and MLB Daily Dish for all your MLB rumors and news.

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