Cardinals cleanup hitter Allen Craig who has missed six weeks with a ligament injury in his left foot took the equivalent of 10 at-bats in a simulated game Friday afternoon at Busch Stadium.

Craig faced Jake Westbrook Sam Freeman and rehabbing lefty Jaime Garcia.

“It didn’t look like he really missed much (time) to be honest” manager Mike Matheny said.

“If it's up to me I’ll be there” for the World Series Craig said. “I’m ready. I feel I can help.”

Craig will repeat the batting practice sessions against pitchers with an eye on being the Cardinals’ designated hitter at the American League ballpark if they advance and a righthanded option off the bench.