ST. LOUIS -- Allen Craig returned to St. Louis on Tuesday, but he will not get on the field for the Red Sox in the three-game series against his former team after landing on the disabled list with an injury to his left foot.
Craig, who along with Joe Kelly was traded to Boston in exchange for John Lackey at the July 31 trade deadline, was hurt while running to first on a double play Friday in his first game with the Red Sox. He also missed games Saturday and Sunday.
"He reached for the bag and turned his ankle," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "We want to get as much information as possible to be clear that there is no correlation between this injury and the old one. We are still in a fact-finding stage now."
That could include a second medical opinion, Farrell said.
Craig missed the final month of the regular season and most of the playoffs last year after injuring his foot while running the bases in a game in Cincinnati.
The fact that he will not be able to play against the Cardinals is disappointing, Craig said, but of more importance is getting himself healthy.
"It's extremely disappointing," he said. "I want to go out there and play ball. That's what I do, and that's what I'm good at ... but on the other side of it, I've got to be smart and get myself right. Sometimes things don't go as you want them to."
This season has not gone the way Craig would have liked, even before the trade, when he could not get on track offensively and hit just .237 with seven homers and 44 RBIs in 97 games for the Cardinals. Whether that performance was a result of a lingering injury from the past year was something he didn't know, Craig said.
"That's a difficult question to answer," Craig said. "I never used injuries as an excuse. I can honestly say that I felt good and healthy this year. It's just a combination of a lot of things. I don't know if it's my place to really nail it down and put my finger on it. Baseball's a tough game, and I've been pretty good for most of my career. I struggled a little bit this year, and I'm accountable for that. I'm just looking forward to moving on and continuing to play good ball with a good team."
It has been just five days since Craig was blindsided with the news he had been traded for the first time in his career, which he is now coming to terms with, and he's starting to spend more time looking ahead instead of backward.
"This is going to be a great place too," he said, comparing Boston to St. Louis. "Boston has a great fan base, a very great tradition of baseball, and I'm excited to be a part of it. Everything is going to be just fine."
To take Craig's place on the roster, the Red Sox called up outfielder Corey Brown from Triple-A Pawtucket, where he was hitting .276 in 83 games.