Swagerty's elbow problems continue

Right-hander pitcher Jordan Swagerty's long comeback from elbow problems has hit another snag.

Right-handed pitcher Jordan Swagerty has suffered a setback in his long attempt to come back from elbow problems that included Tommy John surgery almost two years ago.

According to multiple reports on Monday from St. Louis Cardinals major league spring training camp in Jupiter, Florida, the 24-year-old has experienced a return of elbow inflammation and soreness. Swagerty's throwing program has been stopped but he is not likely to be sent out of camp to be examined, a change from an earlier report from Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com.

Since his early April 2012 Tommy John surgery, Swagerty has thrown just 10 2/3 innings before being shut down last summer. After that rough stretch at A-Advanced Palm Beach, he returned home rather than continue to pitch in instructional league. Considering that, the Cardinals demonstrated a high level of optimism by bringing him to 2014 major league spring training camp as a non-roster invitee.

Swagerty was the team's second-round pick in the 2010 draft from Arizona State University. He has reached as high as Double-A, where he pitched in nine games back in 2011. Before his injury, Swagerty was a top 10 prospect in the Cardinals system. The Cardinal Nation ranked him 29th coming into 2014.

In our current roster prediction series, I had penciled Swagerty into the Springfield bullpen. If he is unable to open the season on an active roster, it would open a Double-A spot for another hurler.

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