Cardinals Extended Spring Training Rehab News

New information on the status of three very prominent injured St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers.

In my first day at the St. Louis Cardinals extended spring training camp in Jupiter, Florida, I looked into the status of three of the most prominent rehabbers in the system. In response, I received both good news and bad.

In the good news department is Palm Beach Tyrell Jenkins. The right-hander is right on schedule to return to action at the end of the month. The 21-year-old has been throwing in EST games and is scheduled to go four innings on Wednesday, he said. A five-inning outing will follow, with one more after that and the Texan, The Cardinal Nation's 11th-ranked prospect coming into the season, could be ready for activation.

Springfield shortstop Aledmys Diaz, out since April 29 with shoulder soreness likely caused by his pre-signing showcase schedule, is also on the move. The 23-year-old is set to arrive in Jupiter on Wednesday to continue his rehab in Florida. More on this later as learn more.

It is bad news for Springfield right-hander Jordan Swagerty. Though not confirmed, I was told the 24-year-old will undergo another elbow surgery on Wednesday. The problem is reportedly a build-up of scar tissue that is limiting his motion. Unfortunately, it would be the third procedure on Swagerty's pitching elbow since early 2012. (Update: This has been confirmed. Swagerty underwent his surgical procedure in St. Louis.)

Keep checking The Cardinal Nation for more exclusive news from extended spring training and the Palm Beach Cardinals this week and into next.

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