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Red Sox Demote Outfielder Allen Craig to the Minors

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(TORONTO) -- The Boston Red Sox have seen enough of Allen Craig as the team has decided to demote the five-year veteran to the minor leagues.

In a pair of moves, the team has sent Craig and reliever Robbie Ross Jr. to to Triple-A Pawtucket while promoting outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. and pitcher Steven Wright.

"We sent him out to try get back on track and get him more regular, more consistent at-bats, not only for his own production but maybe so he can get into a situation where he can come back and help us," Red Sox manager John Farrell said.

"This is as much about Allen as it is us and the current stretch we're going through," he continued. "We felt like the best and most clear path to get us back on track is to have every player hopefully performing to the best of their abilities. For Allen, that meant more regular at-bats at Triple-A for the time being."

Before coming to the Red Sox in 2014 via trade from the St. Louis Cardinals, Craig was a key member of a team that won two World Series titles from 2011-2013.

Craig hit .291 during his time with the Cardinals, but is hitting just .130 since being traded to Boston.

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Red Sox Place Newly Acquired Craig on DL

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- Allen Craig only played one game for the Boston Red Sox before being sent to the disabled list.

The 30-year-old utility man, who the Red Sox just received in a trade with the St. Louis Cardinals on July 31, was placed on the disabled list with a left foot injury Tuesday.

The decision comes on the same day the Red Sox started a three-game series against the Cardinals.

Craig was injured in his Boston debut Friday while running to first base.

Craig also hurt his foot running the bases last season, and missed the final month of the regular season.

"He reached for the bag and turned his ankle," Red Sox skipper John Farrell said when explaining how Craig was injured. "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."

After making the All Star team in 2013, Craig has struggled in 2014.

In 98 games, Craig is hitting .237 with seven home runs, 44 RBIs, and a .291 on-base percentage.

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Red Sox Ship John Lackey to the Cardinals 

Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  The Boston Red Sox stayed active in the trade market Thursday, shipping starting pitcher John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals for right-hander Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig.

It was the second deal completed prior to Thursday's non-waiver deadline by the Red Sox, who also traded All-Star pitcher Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes to the Oakland Athletics for All-Star slugger Yoenis Cespedes.

The 35-year-old Lackey will join a Cardinals rotation that has been without starters Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia.  The team also acquired starter Justin Masterson from the Cleveland Indians in a separate deal on Wednesday.

Lackey went 11-7 with a 3.60 ERA in 21 starts for the Red Sox this season.  He will make just $500,000 in 2015 due to a unique clause in his contract that tacked on an extra season if he underwent Tommy John surgery at any point. Lackey had the procedure in 2011 and missed all of 2012.

Kelly is 2-2 with a 4.37 ERA in 2014 with St. Louis, while Craig has struggled at the plate for much of the season.  The once promising young star is hitting just .237 with seven home runs and 44 RBIs.

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Middlebrooks Called For Obstruction In St. Louis 5-4 Win Over Boston

Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- Cardinals pinch hitter Allen Craig scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday night, after Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks was called for obstruction, giving St. Louis a 5-4 victory over Boston in Game 3 of the World Series.

The play began when Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedoria fielded a ball hit by Cardinals outfielder John Jay and threw to Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia at home plate, who tagged out Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina.

Saltalamacchia then threw the ball towards third base, but sent it sailing past a diving Middlebrooks. As Craig was rounding third base, Middlebrooks lying on his stomach, raised both legs, causing Craig to stumble as he was heading towards home.

The Red Birds lead the best of seven series, two games to one.

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Allen Craig, St. Louis Cardinals Agree on Five-Year Deal

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(JUPITER, Fla.) -- The St. Louis Cardinals and first baseman Allen Craig agreed to a $31 million, five-year contract on Friday.  The deal could be worth $43 million over six seasons.

Craig had 22 home runs and 92 RBIs in 2012 following an offseason surgery on his right knee. 

"I think he's proven he's the type of player that, when he's in the lineup, can make an impact," Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said.

Craig's 2012 performance came after he hit three homers in the 2011 World Series against the Rangers and had three go-ahead RBI's as well in the series, which tied a MLB record.

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