Last February, as he was preparing for the season, bone spurs in the elbow of pitcher Robby Rowland cost the reliever his non-roster invitation to St. Louis Cardinals big-league spring training camp. After surgery, the Springfield right-hander was able to work his way back later in the season.
Though Silas Bohannan is not yet approaching the Major Leagues, the right-hander is in a similar situation as Rowland was a year ago in that he has suffered a pre-camp injury that will cause him to miss most, if not all of the 2017 season.
In additional news, reliever Harley Holt has chosen to retire. Details on each follows.
Bohannan to rehab again
Bohannan suffered the first known major injury of 2017, tearing a ligament in his right elbow while throwing a few weeks ago. The native of Neosho, MO is the first known Cardinals minor leaguer to undergo the new Tommy John-like "repair" (rather than replacement) surgery, as did Cardinal Mitch Harris and free agent Seth Maness in 2016.
As a result, Bohannan expects to be back as soon as in 6 1/2 months. If so, the 24-year-old could return to action in mid-August and perhaps pitch in a few games at the end of the season.
It has been a long, rough road for the reliever, originally signed as a non-drafted free agent in July 2014. Bohannan pitched just 12 1/3 innings that summer before missing the entire 2015 season with a shoulder injury that required surgery. Last year, he added 21 innings of work, with all 33 1/3 frames pitched in the entry, rookie-level Gulf Coast League.
Especially given his age, Bohannan needs to get his career going, but cannot do that from the disabled list.
The Cardinals will have one less pitcher in minor league camp this spring as right-handed reliever Harley Holt has informed the team of his intention to retire. On January 20, the organization moved the 25-year-old to the voluntarily retired list, which enables them to hold onto his playing rights should he later decide to return.
Holt, a native of Hawaii and a product of Division II Hawaii Pacific University, finished 2016 on the roster of the Class-A Peoria Chiefs. Originally signed as a non-drafted free agent in June 2015, Holt primarily pitched for Johnson City that summer and also filled in briefly at Palm Beach. Last season, the 6-foot, 175-pounder was mostly with Peoria, with short stints at Palm Beach and State College.
Overall, Holt finishes his Cardinals career with a 3.39 ERA over 101 innings. He struck out 75, walked 17 and opposing hitters batted a collective .303 against him.
Other related resources
Link to the Roster Matrix, listing all players in the Cardinals system by position and level as they ended the 2016 season, as well as every player transaction, all year long. All spring camp assignments will be noted on the matrix as well.
Link to Cardinals major league spring training broadcast schedule, including evolving television and radio coverage details. Big-league games start Saturday, February 25.
Check back later for the list of those minor league players invited to Spring Training Early Program (STEP) Camp.
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