Craig pulled as precaution after banging knee

Craig pulled as precaution after banging knee

Craig pulled as precaution after banging knee
PHOENIX -- Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig was pulled in the eighth inning on Monday night for precautionary reasons after banging his surgically repaired right knee while diving for a ball defensively.

The play occurred in the sixth inning of the Cardinals' 9-6 win over the D-backs at Chase Field, and at that point Craig remained in the game. He homered to lead off the seventh and then was double-switched out in the eighth.

"I think he went down on it pretty hard, so we're keeping a close eye on it," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said after the game. "When we got the chance [we took him out]. He was a little iffy going up there for that at-bat, but he passed the test and he hit it out. But after that we knew we needed to get him out of there. I knew he wasn't moving the way he wanted to. We'll see what he looks like tomorrow."

Craig had offseason knee surgery and was just activated from the disabled list on May 1. He has played in five games since then.