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Jordan Schafer’s 2017 bid to become a Major League pitcher-outfielder appears to have ended with elbow surgery.

Jordan Schafer’s 2017 bid to become a Major League pitcher-outfielder appears to have ended with elbow surgery.

St. Louis Cardinals press release

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jordan Schafer underwent an MRI exam of his left elbow yesterday (March 13) afternoon, and after a review by the team’s medical team, and after speaking with Cardinals’ Sr. Vice President/General Manager John Mozeliak, he has decided that surgery intervention is his best course of action.

Schafer, 30, a non-roster invitee to the Cardinals Spring Training camp, is scheduled to have surgery this coming Friday, March 17, at which time Dr. George Paletta will determine if the injury requires a ligament repair or a complete reconstruction.

 

Brian Walton’s take

I have to wonder if after at least 10 years as an outfielder, the 30-year-old left elbow of Schafer could not handle the strain of the move to pitching. If he chooses to continue, it would seem to be follow an extended stint on the disabled list of Triple-A Memphis.

http://www.scout.com/player/86073-jordan-schafer?s=321

Schafer’s relative inexperience as a pitcher showed in camp. Realistically, from a competitive standpoint, he was not ready for the majors. He had pitched respectably in Double-A last season, but struggled in a brief Triple-A trial. With St. Louis this spring, Schafer yielded four runs on seven hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings for a 9.82 ERA. Opposing batters hit a collective .438 against him. As a hitter, he was 0-for-3.

 

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