Rowland Suffers Cards’ First Injury of Spring

Non-roster invitee Robby Rowland, who last pitched in the 2015 Arizona Fall League, will open 2016 on the disabled list due to surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow.

2015 was a whirlwind for St. Louis Cardinals minor league reliever Robby Rowland. The right-hander wore four different uniforms during his first six months in the organization. It began with the Class-A Peoria Chiefs, where he was a Midwest League All-Star, and concluded in the Arizona Fall League prospect showcase.

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Since, the 24-year-old re-signed with St. Louis for the 2016 season and scored his first non-roster invitation to Major League spring training camp.

However, his new year is not off to its best start to say the least. This week, Rowland underwent surgery to remove two bone spurs in his right elbow. The spurs may or may not have been present for a while, but began to give him trouble last week as he ramped up his throwing program.

Even though he readily admits the timing was especially bad with camp opening this week, his decision was easy and fully supported by the organization.

“I wanted to go the surgery route to make sure the issue wouldn’t affect me down the road,” Rowland said on Wednesday, the same day pitchers and catchers officially reported to Jupiter. Florida.

On my projected season-opening rosters, I had penciled in Rowland to start 2016 back at Double-A Springfield, though he could have perhaps pitched his way onto what looks to be a crowded Memphis staff this spring.

While there is no firm timetable for his return to action, the California native has already begun his rehab program with range of motion exercises and remains upbeat about the possibility of pitching again this season.

“I’m confident I will be back stronger than ever to compete towards the end of the year,” Rowland said. “And I would like to add that the Cardinals were great throughout the whole process. They truly are a first class organization and I look forward to competing for them again.”

Arizona’s third-round pick in 2010 moved to the Pirates organization for the 2012-14 seasons before joining St. Louis as a free agent last March.

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