Yesterday came news on two guys that the Cardinals could really use right now, but both find themselves on the Disabled List.
First and foremost, Jon Jay. Over at Cardinals.com, it was mentioned that Jay participated on Friday in his first workout since being placed on the disabled list on May 16th. He hit off a tee and did some soft toss. According to Jay, he is hoping to rejoin the team on the road trip that begins this week. And according to Cardinals’ GM John Mozeliak, he should be ready within a couple days of becoming eligible to come off the DL, which would be Wednesday. So hopefully next weekend we will have our starting center fielder back.
Jay, 27, is one of the top-5 center fielders in baseball when he’s healthy. He was hitting .343 with a .395 OBP when he went down with his injury, a sprained right shoulder.
Secondly, we haven’t heard much about Scott Linebrink since he went on the DL at the beginning of the season. Linebrink, 35, was expected to earn a bullpen spot with the Cardinals, but instead ended up hitting the DL due to what was diagnosed as right shoulder capsulitis. However, according to the Belleville News Democrat, Linebrink is expected to begin throwing off a mound this coming week.
For Cards fans, this has to be good news as the current bullpen has been hit hard in May. Fernando Salas hasn’t been effective yet in 2012, J.C. Romero lost his effectiveness and was released, and Kyle McClellan is headed to the DL and not likely to be seen until July at the earliest. When we started Spring Training we had 9 players for 7 bullpen spots, but now it’s more like 5 players for 7 spots and that’s never a recipe for success.
Thirdly, Allen Craig also worked out yesterday, taking batting practice and fielding grounders at second base (things that make you go hmm?). Though he is not available to come off the DL until Friday at the earliest, it appears that he will be ready to go upon his return. It should be interesting to see what that means for Matt Adams.
And finally, there was some discussion by John Mozeliak yesterday about Chris Carpenter. Carp hasn’t begun throwing yet, but has had solid progress while rebuilding arm strength while rehabbing through the injury. He termed it ‘hopeful’ but it will still be the second half of the season before he returns. I estimate that it will take about a month after he starts throwing again before he’s ready to return to the major league squad.
So there’s an injury update from some guys I was thinking about last night. I was just thinking this morning too that we hadn’t heard anything on Linebrink yet this season and it was odd. But good news for the top-3 and we’re hopeful that Carpenter can return. The bigger question is that if Carpenter returns to the rotation and we move Lance Lynn to the bullpen will he be effective or will we have another situation like we had with Kyle McClellan last year? Many questions, but these things have a way of working themselves out usually.