It’s not news that Allen Craig’s time with the Boston organization was disappointing. Craig was acquired with Joe Kelly in the John Lackey trade. He has hit.130 in 53 games for the Red Sox, but never had consistent playing time. When the team optioned Craig to Triple-A, his frustrations escalated to a new level.
Craig stated that he was “surprised” before his Pawtucket debut on Tuesday. “Going back to the minor leagues, I was a bit surprised by that. But it is what it IS.”
Craig would see fewer at-bats after Jackie Bradley Jr. was promoted to Boston and Shane Victorino was activated. He will now be able to play every day in Pawtucket’s core order, which the team believes will help him get on track.
Manager Kevin Boles stated that he will be playing in the middle order and will have every at bat for as long as he’s here. He will play left field, right field, and first base. But, we want to talk with him about his comfort zone so he can settle down.
Craig stated, “The main thing I should focus on isn’t the surprise at getting sent down,” but the fact that I get to play baseball and bat every day.”
Craig is disappointed that he hasn’t helped the major league club but he knows he can still produce so he is trying to stay positive.
He said, “I’m going to always remain professional.” Everyone knows this: “This game can be difficult at times. It is important to manage situations correctly and that is what I try to do. While I know that the results aren’t there, I am also aware that I have only had a very short time in my career.
It is difficult to predict where Craig will fit in the organization given their abundance of outfielders. Although the team tried to trade him, it seems unlikely given his low trade value. Although they have not used him as a platoon member, they might look to 2016 and consider him their first baseman. Mike Napoli is an unrestricted agent and is not doing well.
No matter what their plans are, they will give him every opportunity to succeed. He will try his best to remain positive throughout his trials.
Craig stated, “Sulking about the problem isn’t going any good and no one wants hear about it anyways.” “I just need to be positive and try my best to play the game as best I can.