St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig has a sprained left foot but no fracture, a big relief for a team that feared it had lost its cleanup hitter for the rest of the season.
Craig hurt his foot while rounding first base in the fourth inning of a 5-4, 16-inning win over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night.
X-rays in Cincinnati were inconclusive. He was sent back to St. Louis for an MRI and more X-rays on Thursday that indicated nothing was broken.
The second-place Cardinals moved to within a game of Pittsburgh in the NL Central with their win Wednesday. Cincinnati is third, 3½ games out. All three are in position to make the playoffs.
Craig ranked third in the NL with 97 RBI when he was hurt. He’s batting .454 with runners in scoring position, the best in the majors.
Clayton Kershaw wins award
Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw is being recognized for his work off the field. He’s the winner of the 2013 Branch Rickey Award in recognition of his community work.
Created by the Rotary Club of Denver in 1991, the Branch Rickey Award honors individuals in baseball who contribute to their communities and are strong role models for young people.
At 25, Kershaw is the youngest person to receive the award.
Kershaw and his wife, Ellen, founded Kershaw’s Challenge, a foundation that seeks to transform at-risk children and communities. Their cornerstone charity, “Arise Africa,” has built and sustained an orphanage in Lusaka, Zambia, called “Arise Home.” Each year, the Kershaws travel to Africa to visit with children and to bring awareness of diseases and infections related to HIV and AIDS.
Vin Scully is parade marshal
Vin Scully will usher in 2014 as grand marshal of the 125th Rose Parade, an honor the Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster initially wasn’t sure he would accept.
The more he thought about it, though, the more he warmed up to the idea, calling it “one of those one-in-a-million experiences.”
Scully will be joined by his wife, Sandi, for the 5½-mile ride down Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 1.
Scully, who turns 86 in November, will return to the booth for a record 65th season in 2014.
He began his broadcasting career in 1950, when the Dodgers were in Brooklyn.