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Postseason Star Making Good Progress
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- It's steady as she goes for Allen Craig, the St. Louis Cardinals' on-the-mend postseason hero.

Screws are holding together his surgically repaired right kneecap following offseason surgery for an injury that sidelined him for two months in the middle of the season. He hit the field earlier this week, a nice milestone in his rehab.

There's no timetable, but Craig is confident he'll beat the original estimate that he'd be ready by May. He believes he could join a crowded outfield or challenge for playing time elsewhere sometime around opening day in early April.

The 27-year-old Craig already has shown his grit, putting up big numbers during the Cardinals' World Series title run despite the balky knee and helping them overcome injuries to Matt Holliday.

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