Cardinal Injuries

The Injury Status and Condition of Players

(09/28) Larry Walker: who took his fourth cortisone shot to try to relieve pressure on a herniated disc in his neck, was in the starting lineup Tuesday night. We doubt that he will play every day the rest of the way.

(09/28) Mark Grudzielanek: appears over his back problems. We couldn't see any signs of any injury or lack or range or motion in last night's game.

(09/09) Mark Grudzielanek: received a cortisone shot in hopes that it will relieve a painful slight tear of a disc in his lower back, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. "It's painful. I've been playing with it for a few weeks now," Grudzielanek said. After the shot, the pain "could be gone, or it's something we might have to deal with for a little bit."

Grudzielanek said he plans to return to the lineup in a few days, but don't be surprised if he is out a little longer than that as the Cardinals want to make sure he is healthy for the playoffs.

According to the Cardinals Manager, "His back is barking a little bit, so we didn't want to risk it," La Russa said. "I think he could have played if we really wanted to push him. I'm not sure we wanted to push him. If it was the playoffs, could he play? Probably."

(09/02) Reggie Sanders: is expected to play sometime during the Cardinals nine-game homestand that starts next week. He's missed 45 games since breaking his leg on July 15.

(08/28) Jim Edmonds: left the game after a collision at home plate while scoring on a double steal in the sixth inning in Sunday's game. He banged his right knee against one of C Gary Bennett's shin guards. The Cardinals expect the outfielder to be ready to play Monday at Florida, but we think he'll be given the day off.

(08/21) Scott Rolen: As expected, Cardinals third baseman Scott Rolen has decided to undergo surgery to repair the rotator cuff and labrum in his left, non-throwing shoulder. Rolen was initially injured in May, underwent surgery and returned to the lineup.

After poor results at the plate, Rolen was shut down again right after the All-Star break. His disappointing season ends with a .235 average, five home runs and 28 RBI in 56 games.

By undergoing the surgery now, the odds of Rolen being ready for the start of the 2006 season increase. Abraham Nunez continues to be Rolen's primary replacement at third base for the Cardinals.

(08/21) Mark Grudzielanek: The Cardinals second baseman Mark Grudzielanek will miss several games this coming week due to an infection in his left knee.

Grudzielanek was hospitalized Saturday night for treatment and will not be traveling with the team for the start of their road trip to Pittsburgh and Washington.

Grudzielanek has been relatively injury-free this season, playing in 114 of the Cardinals' 123 games, hitting .303 in the process. The 35-year-old is playing on a one-year contract.

(08/20) Larry Walker: was activated off the DL prior to Saturday's game. Walker is in the lineup playing in right and batting second.

Talking to Larry he still thinks it's going to be a couple of days getting his game legs underneath him.

(08/19) Players on the DL Updates:

Larry Walker, is now day to day and could be back in the lineup by the end of the weekend. For sure he should be back within a week to 10 days.

Reggie Sanders, is probably out until around September 10th-15th. There is some among the Cardinals staff that think Sanders could be back in the lineup by the first of September.

Scott Rolen, I'd say he is done for the season. I would expect him to announce next week that he is going to under go season ending shoulder surgery and should be ready to play again by the start of next season.

(08/18) Yadier Molina: The St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday activated catcher Yadier Molina, out more than a month with a broken left hand, off the 15-day disabled list

(08/06) Larry Walker: who is on the disabled list with a herniated disc in his neck, began light workouts on the field Friday, including playing catch.

There's a possibility he'll return to the field before Sept. 1, though Walker and the Cardinals are reluctant to set a date at this time.

"When you set a date [to come back], you go out there when you shouldn't be," Walker said.

The consensus is, that Walker will be healthy enough to start swinging a bat on Monday or Tuesday.

(08/02) Yadier Molina: tested his injured hand Monday by blocking some balls in the dirt and making some throws to second. He also had another X-ray, which, according to head trainer Barry Weinberg, showed normal healing, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Weinberg also said that Molina's potential target for a return is between 1 1/2 and three weeks from now. He has been out since July 7.

(08/01) Injury update: Four bats (Larry Walker, Reggie Sanders, Yadier Molina and Rolen)are still on the disabled list, it's still a wait-and-see game with everyone but Walker (herniated disc in neck). He is expected to play after he comes off the disabled list in six days.

La Russa said the team is looking at Sept. 1 as a possible date to get Rolen back ... "give or take four weeks."

As for Molina and Sanders, both continue to recover, but not at a speed that any club official is willing to put a return date on. Sanders (right fibula fracture) is still sore and has not done any baseball workouts. Molina (hand fracture) has worked on throwing and blocking the ball.

"The pain is going down every day," said Molina, who has worked on hitting a ball off a tee. "I feel it still sometimes when I catch. I'm just going to take it slowly."

(07/25) Larry Walker: Walker was not in the lineup Sunday, missing his second straight start with neck discomfort, the Associated Press reports.

Manager Tony La Russa and trainer Barry Weinberg said the team would decide on a course of action for the often-injured Walker in the next day or so, including the possibility of a cortisone injection. Walker will accompany the team on a six-game trip that starts Tuesday.

(07/24) John Rodriguez: St. Louis Cardinals rookie left-fielder John Rodriguez (J-Rod) was available only for pinch-hitting duty Sunday while he recovers from a sprained ankle. He pinched hit and struck out in the sixth.

Head trainer Barry Weinberg said that Rodriguez is currently at about 75 percent, but he expects him to be back at 100 percent by Tuesday after the Cardinals' off day Monday, the Cardinals' official site reports.

(07/22) Scott Rolen: Third baseman Scott Rolen was placed on the 15-day disabled list today with left shoulder rotator cuff inflammation...Rolen injured his shoulder in a collision at first base on May 10 and required surgery on May 13 to repair a laberal tear...he was activated from the DL on June 18 after missing 33 games, but has batted just .208 with no homers and eight RBI since his return as he has fought through his shoulder rehab...Scott Seabol was recalled from Triple-A Memphis to fill Rolen's spot on the roster...

(07/19) Scott Rolen: underwent strength testing and an MRI exam Monday, which made him unavailable to play against the Brewers, the Cardinals' official site reports.

Although the test results were generally positive, Rolen didn't sound too optimistic. "[There is] still not good range of motion. I wasn't able to get better in rehab. I was able to go out and play. These are not the results that I'd like to have, for whatever reason. I'm not making excuses."

According to insiders within the organization, there are currently no plans to place Rolen on the DL.

(07/18) Reggie Sanders: Placed on the 15 Day DL as expected. He will be out 4 to 6 weeks.

(07/17) Reggie Sanders: UPDATE, we are now expecting Reggie Sanders to be placed on the 15 day DL on Monday. We have confirmed that the Cardinals expect Sanders to be out four to six weeks with a small hairline fracture directly above the plate that's in his leg from where he fractured his ankle in 1989.

(07/17) Reggie Sanders: missed Sunday's game as expected and is still listed as day to day. Currently there is no plans to place him on the DL. For now John Mabry and So Taguchi will fill in, in left field.

(07/17) Yadier Molina: prior to Sunday's game, Molina was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Friday, July 8. Molina suffered a hairline fracture of his fifth metacarpal when he was hit by a pitch on his left hand.

It is expected that Molina will need all the remaining six days on his DL stint and perhaps more, as his recovery is taking longer than originally expected.

(07/16) Reggie Sanders: is day to day and will not be in the lineup this weekend.

(07/15) Reggie Sanders: was injured on the second play of the second half of the season, causing him to leave the game in the top half of the first inning.

Left-fielder Reggie Sanders and center-fielder Jim Edmonds, ran into each other on a ball hit to left center. Sanders caught the ball in spite of running into the right arm of a diving Edmonds.

As a result of the collision, Reggie suffered a left rib contusion and a slightly sprained right ankle and is listed day to day for now.

Edmonds was not injured on the play and remained in the game.

(07/07) Yadier Molina: The Cardinals catcher was struck in the left hand by a Claudio Vargas pitch in the eighth inning Thursday night. He immediately left the game, likely to undergo an x-ray.

Molina, hitting .257 on the season, is coming off a .321 May and .279 June. He had played in 74 of the Cards' 84 games this season.

(07/06) Reggie Sanders: Sanders returned to the lineup Tuesday night after missing two games with a sprained foot. He doubled and drove in two runs in the game.

Sanders says he isn't quite 100 percent, but feels good enough to play, the Cardinals' official site reports. He should be a regular for the next couple days and then will be able to rest his foot over the All-Star break.

(06/19) Jim Edmonds: the scuttlebutt is Edmonds could return to the lineup Monday. But that seems very optimistic.

(06/18) Jim Edmonds: underwent an MRI exam on Thursday and the results showed he has a small non-displaced hairline fracture of his left middle rib...Edmonds has missed all four games on the current roadtrip and his status remains day-to-day.

(06/18) Scott Rolen: shoulder) could be activated from the 15-day disabled list today, the Associated Press reports.

Rolen took batting practice and fielded grounders before Friday's game against Tampa Bay. ``Scott had a very good workout,'' St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said. "If he has a good night and a good morning, there's a chance he'll be activated tomorrow." Rolen was placed on the disabled list May 12. He hit .257 with five homers and 20 RBIs in 30 games this season.

(06/15) Jim Edmonds: (bruised ribs/pectoral muscle) was out of the lineup on Tuesday after hurting himself diving for a ball on Sunday and sitting out Monday's loss to the Blue Jays, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

The Cardinals medical staff believes that it was a trauma type injury for Edmonds, rather than a strain from repetitive activity, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

(06/14) Jim Edmonds: was a late scratch from Monday night's lineup with what the team termed a "left rib contusion."

We don't think the injury is serious enough for Edmonds to on the disabled list (DL).

(06/13) Scott Rolen: who had been hoping to begin a rehab assignment on Monday, will stay in St. Louis the next three days to strengthen his surgically repaired left shoulder, the Associated Press reports.

"I'm not ready," Rolen said Sunday. "It's the right thing to do. It's realism." Rolen said both he and the team agreed it was too soon to resume playing in games because he has been unable to get full extension on his swing. "I feel fine throwing and fielding," Rolen said. "I'm probably just forcing it a little (at the plate). I'm probably not swinging as freely as I need to." Barring a setback, Rolen would join the Cardinals on their road trip on Thursday in Tampa Bay during an off day and then the next step in his comeback would be determined.

(06/13) Cal Eldred: was activated of the DL Sunday as we expected.

(06/09) Cal Eldred Is scheduled to pitch for the Springfield Cardinals today and could return to St. Louis by the weekend.

(06/09) Scott Rolen took batting practice on Monday, although he's still limited in what he can do at the plate, according to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"I'm kind of under orders to stay up the middle and hit some line drives, because getting all the way through a ball might be a little more of a test than I need to make today," Rolen said. "I tried to stay a little shorter (with the swing). ... I get one swing there and it's uncomfortable when I take a bad swing. I'm going to have to swing the bat a little bit. I'm going to have to get in the cage and strengthen it that way."

Scott Rolen could be sent out on a rehab assignment this weekend.

(06/06) Roger Cedeno The Cardinals placed otfielder Roger Cedeno on the 15-day disabled list, Monday.

According to an AP report the team purchased the contract of outfielder Skip Schumaker from Triple-A Memphis. Schumaker, a fifth-round draft pick in 2001, was playing center field in the minors and was batting .283 with four home runs, 13 doubles and 14 RBIs.

Cedeno mired in a season long slump, was batting .158 (9-for-57

There is a very good chance that Cedeno may have played his last game for the Cardinals this season.

(06/05) Mike Lincoln Cardinals relief pitcher Mike Lincoln, who had begun to throw again after having Tommy John surgery last July, had been experiencing elbow discomfort. As a result, Lincoln went under the knife again Saturday morning. This time, it was "debribement", designed to relieve pain caused by previous bone spurs.

Team Physician Dr. George Paletta performed the surgery. The official word from the team is that the latest "procedure should extend his rehabilitation for only a short period of time".

Hard to agree with that. The Birdhouse's original projection was a return around the All-Star break for Lincoln. We seriously doubt he will be ready in just five weeks now.

Lincoln last pitched in a game May 4, 2004.

(05/29) Larry Walker left Saturday's game with a slightly sprained left ankle. "He turned his ankle coming off the field," manager Tony La Russa told the team's official web site. "He stepped on the steps and twisted it. Hopefully, he'll be available to pinch-hit tomorrow. He's not going to play tomorrow."

Walker is day-to-day for a few days.

(05/27) Cal Eldred out since mid-April with a viral infection that affected the lining around his heart, is about to be cleared for full-time work, including a simulated game today.

(05/15) Jim Edmonds left Sunday's game against the Mets in the ninth inning due to what Trainer Barry Weinberg called a muscle tendon strain below the inside of his left ankle. It apparently happened in the seventh inning as Edmonds misstepped to avoid a collision with Reggie Sanders in the outfield.

Weinberg told Brian Walton after the game that he is optimistic that Edmonds can return Tuesday after the off-day Monday.

(05/13) Cal Eldred The St. Louis Post Dispatch is reporting, Eldred, on the disabled list because of a viral infection, had his second day of what doctors are calling "cardiac rehab" Wednesday.

It's part of the increase in physical activity he's done in the past week and involves cardiovascular activity, like running, while affixed to monitors.

(05/13) Scott Rolen who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a sprained left shoulder, will most likely missed between 4-6 weeks.

Rolen's shoulder was still too sore to undergo complete medical testing, but Dr. George Paletta, the Cardinals' team physician, indicated the third baseman could be sidelined anywhere from two weeks to six weeks. Paletta said the results of an MRI exam on Thursday showed no significant structural damage and he was hopeful Rolen would be able to take a second exam Friday that would detect any damage to the labrum.

(05/10) Jason Isringhausen is expected to be activated off the DL, Thursday. Jason has suffered from a strained right oblique muscle, but looked ok during his pre-game work outs at Busch Stadium on Tuesday.

(05/10) Scott Rolen left shoulder was injured in the fifth inning Tuesday night in a collision with Dodger first baseman Hee Seop Choi at first base caused by a bad throw by pitcher Scott Erickson. It was initially called a sprained shoulder as Rolen went for X-rays.

(05/09) Yadier Molina Barry Weinberg the St. Louis Cardinals' trainer reported that Monlina's ankle x-rays results were negative and that Yadier will be re-examined today. Molina will miss at least a couple of games and the Cardinals will probably wait about five days before deciding to place him on the DL.

(05/08) Yadier Molina in the seventh inning of a 15-5 blowout Sunday, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina tried to leg out a hit. However, in doing so, he rolled his ankle when hitting the first base bag, trying to avoid a collision. Initial report was that it is a sprain without a lot of swelling. More will be known on Monday. Einar Diaz will likely start behind the plate for the Cards in Molina's absence.

(05/02) Scott Rolen did not start in in tonight's game against the Reds, because of upper back discomfort. Cardinal Manager Tony LaRussa said Scott Rolen could be available to pinch hit tonight. At this time we are listing him day to day.

(04/29) Jason Isringhausen as we previously reported, we expected Izzy to return at the end of his 15 days on the DL. Today the Cardinals reported on their official website, that an examination of Isringhausen's strained right oblique muscle revealed that the injury was less serious than originally feared. The reliever could conceivably be activated on May 11, the first day he's eligible to come off the disabled list.

(04/27) Jason Isringhausen, left Tuesday night's game with a strained right abdominal muscle, after an examination this morning, the Cardinals placed Izzy on the DL, this morning.

Manager Tony La Russa said Isringhausen likely will be sidelined two weeks. In the meantime, Julian Tavarez and Ray King are expected to get the bulk of the closer duty.

(04/26) Jason Isringhausen left Tuesday nights' game after facing two hitters in the ninth inning with an injury, perhaps to his side or hip.

Izzy left the field under his own power, but any injury of significance to the fragile closer would be a blow to the first-place Cardinals' 2005 plans.

The significance of the injury is not yet known. If Isringhausen has to go on the DL, left-hander Carmen Cali will likely take his spot on the roster. "We'll just have to wait 24 hours and see how he feels," manager Tony La Russa said. "I don't think it's too smart to speculate. You're obviously concerned."

(04/26) Bill Pulsipher will throw another bullpen session on Tuesday, and the left-hander expects to go out on a rehabilitation assignment when the Cardinals hit the road after Thursday's makeup game against the Brewers --- according to the Cardinals official website at

How soon Pulsipher is expected to return to St. Louis, depends on who you talk to. Pulsipher thinks he's just days away, whereas Cardinals Manager Tony LaRussa seems to think it may be a little bit longer.

(04/25) Mike Lincoln played long toss from 100 feet on Monday, as well as throwing from 60 feet at a higher intensity level than in previous weeks, the Cardinals' official site reports.

As we reported in spring training, when everyone else said Lincoln would be ready at the start of the season, we said he won't be ready to return until around the All-Star break. The consensus now, is that Lincoln will still be out of action for quite some time. We still project a time table that could see him in St. Louis after the All-Star break.

(04/24) Cal Eldred has been sidelined for two weeks with a viral infection in the lining of his heart, is still too weak to start working out again, the Cardinals' official site reports.

"He just is weak," manager Tony La Russa said. "He has to build up his strength and get rid of that bug. He was here before the game, we talked to him a little bit, and then he left."

We think Eldred could be out until June.

(04/15) Cal Eldred The St. Louis Cardinals announced Friday they have placed righthanded pitcher Cal Eldred on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Monday, April 11. Eldred has been diagnosed with viral myopericarditis – a viral infection that causes mild inflammation around the lining and muscles of the heart.

Eldred will be followed closely by team doctor Dr. Jim Loomis, and a team of cardiologists from Washington University. He should make a complete recovery but will be out for a minimum of three to four weeks.

To replace Eldred on the 25-man roster, the Cardinals have recalled from Triple-A Memphis righthanded relief pitcher Jimmy Journell. Journell will wear uniform number 77.

(04/15) Jim Edmonds missed Friday night's game against the Milwaukee Brewers, because of the flu.

Larry Walker got the start in center.

Edmonds could miss the entire Milwaukee series.

At best he's day to day for about a week.

(04/15) HEALTH BEAT Righthanded pitcher Cal Eldred was placed on the 15-day DL, retroactive to Monday, 4/11 with a viral infection...Cal missed the first two games of the season in Houston but appeared against Philadelphia this past weekend, pitching an inning each in both Sat. and Sun.'s games, allowing no runs and one hit, while striking out four...

WALKING WOUNDED:Reserve infielder Abraham Nunez cracked a rib on his left side in the 9th inning on Wed. vs. CIN in a collision at second base...he will not be placed on the disabled list and is able to play according to his pain level.

(04/15) Cal Eldred As expected, Cal Eldred will be moved to the disabled list as a result of his upper respiratory infection. He remains hospitalized. While the team is not providing further information about his condition, the Post-Dispatch reports that Eldred's former Milwaukee manager and current Houston skipper Phil Garner, called to offer support to Eldred and his family.

Eldred will be replaced on the 25-man roster by Jim Journell, called up from Triple-A Memphis.

(04/14) Mike Lincoln threw for the second consecutive day Wednesday, throwing 60 pitches and reporting no pain in his surgically reconstructed right elbow.

There is still no timetable set for his return. Expect the Cardinals to be patient and cautious with him.

(04/13) Cal Eldred is expected to remain in the hospital for one more night and undergo further tests as doctors attempt to determine why an upper respiratory infection persists with the veteran right-hander. Eldred was admitted to a St. Louis-area hospital on Tuesday evening.

"We don't have a diagnosis yet because all of the tests have not come back yet," Weinberg said. "So we'll wait till all the results come back from the doctor to get a diagnosis."

Don't be surprised to see Eldred placed on the 15 day DL, retroactive to April 10th.

(04/13) Matt Morris will make his second of two rehab starts tonight, April 13, when the Palm Beach Cardinals host the Vero Beach Dodgers. Starting against the Cardinals will be Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Brad Penny, who is recovering from a nerve injury to his right arm. Morris is scheduled to rejoin the Cardinals Friday.

(04/13) Cal Eldred had a relapse of his upper respiratory symptoms Monday night and was admitted to a local hospital for a comprehensive evaluation of his condition.

Eldred will have a series of tests that the teams expect to have the report on by Wednesday night.

(04/12) Bill Pulsipher was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday with a mild to moderate strained right hamstring.

(04/12) Cal Eldred had a relapse of his upper respiratory symptoms last night and will be admitted to a local hospital for a comprehensive evaluation of his condition.

The Cardinals medical staff will have more results tomorrow after all the tests have been completed.

(04/11) Bill Pulsipher injured his left hamstring, a spring training injury, on his followthrough in the eighth inning on Sunday and likely will be placed on the 15-day disabled list, according to the AP. "I would say the prospects are not good," La Russa said.

(04/11) Mike Lincoln - Place on the DL 4/1 - Lincoln had elbow surgery around the middle of July of last season. Earlier reports that Mike would be ready when the season opens was pre-mature as we reported. Lincoln who has been shut down, has just been cleared to begin throwing again.

Lincoln is with the team, but we don't expect him back on the active roster any time soon.

(04/11) Cal Eldred - Has had the flu this past week, he should be back at 100% by the end of this week. He will see limited playing time until he gets his strength back.

(04/05) Matt Morris was officially placed on the 15-day DL on Tuesday.

The move of Morris to the DL has been anticipated, Matt is expected to return to start for the Cardinals on April the 19th.

In the mean time he is scheduled to get in two starts for the Palm Beach Cardinals, the Cardinals H-A affiliate.

(04/01) Bill Pulsipher suffered a fractured little toe on his left foot after being hit by a batted ball on Thursday.

Manager Tony La Russa stated that Pulsipher's status would be determined after the team's two exhibition games in Springfield, Missouri this weekend.

At this point in time, we don't considered the injury is serious since the fracture toe was on his landing foot rather than his push-off foot. Nothing against the other pitchers, we are just hoping Pulsipher will make the team and get his major league contract.

(03/31) Bill Pulsipher In Wednesday's final Florida contest of the spring, lefthanded reliever Bill Pulsipher took a line drive off his left foot. At the time, he waived off trainers and remained in the game. However, post-game x-rays confirm Pulsipher suffered a fracture of his little toe.

Pulsipher is scheduled to work out on Friday. The team hopes he will still be able to pitch this weekend in Springfield. Otherwise, hopefully last cut Kevin Jarvis decided to hang around.

(03/26) Jim Edmonds, the Cardinals center fielder missed Friday's game because of the flu and will not appear in Saturday's game.

Edmonds should be back at 100% in about a week.

(03/26) Chris Carpenter pitched five innings on Friday against the Tigers, allowing three runs on six hits while striking out eight, the Associated Press reports.

Last year's staff Ace appears to have completely recovered from the nerve damage in his right biceps that forced him to miss the postseason in 2004. "I haven't given it (nerve damage) a thought this spring," he said.

Carpenter is slated to be the Cardinals opening day starter.

(03/21) Reggie Sanders Left fielder Reggie Sanders, who had an appendectomy Thursday, has been cleared to play catch and to start swinging a bat Wednesday, according to a report in the St. Louis Post Dispatch

(03/19) Ray King who has been nursing a sore left shoulder, pitched a scoreless sixth inning against the middle of Florida's lineup on Friday. He allowed one hit and struck out one. It was only his second appearance of the spring, the Cardinals' official site reports.

"Everything feels good now, and I'm ready to go for about 80 (games)," King said. "I feel good. I threw [in] the bullpen the other day and I threw a lot more then. Everything is back to normal." King is scheduled to pitch again on Sunday.

If all calls well on Sunday, you can expect to see King in back to back outings by the end of next week, for the first time in spring training.

(03/19) Reggie Sanders underwent an appendectomy Thursday night and is expected to be sidelined for at least two weeks, SportsTicker reports.

The team has not announced when they expect the left fielder to return, but two to four weeks would seem like a reasonalble expectation.

Roger Cedeno, So Taguchi and John Mabry could all see some time in left field until Sanders returns.

(03/17) Mike Lincoln who has been recovering from a bone bruise in his surgically repaired right elbow, will be examined by the team's head doctor on Friday or Saturday to determine when he'll be able to throw again, the Cardinals' official site reports.

(03/16) Ray King who has a brief bout of discomfort near his left shoulder, expects to be back in a game on Friday. According to the Cardinals official website, King said he was slated to throw a bullpen session at Cardinals camp in Jupiter on Tuesday, followed by a game appearance three days later.

(03/15) Ray King has been experiencing muscle soreness near his left shoulder and will not pitch again until next weekend at the earliest, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

"We're going to back him off for a little while as a precaution," pitching coach Dave Duncan said. King is a crucial part of the left side of the Cards' bullpen, especially now that Rick Ankiel has given up pitching and since Mike Myers has been struggling.

This will give lefty Carmen Cali an opportunity to showcase his skills this week. To date Cali has appeared in three games and is 0-0 with 1 save and a 2.45 ERA. In 3.2 innings he has allowed 2 hits and 1 earned run. He has given up 3 walks and struck out 3.

(03/13) John Mabry A week ago the Cardinals were reporting Mabry was suffering from a sprained elbow. In an interview today with the Birdhouse's Brian Walton, Mabry said his arm was good, good, good.

When asked if he expected any lingering effects he replied "I hope not."

With still a little over three weeks before the season starts, Mabry should be 100% by opening day.

(03/12) Albert Pujols Our own Brian Walton is reporting from Florida, that he doesn't notice Pujols suffering from any effects of plantar fasciitis in his left foot. On numerous occasions there was no indication that Pujols was favoring his right foot or limping. That's good news.

According to our medical experts, surgery is a last resort and may result in more harm than good in up to 50% of the patients suffering from the same problem.

Cardinal Fans can expect some setbacks this season because setbacks are the norm in dealing with plantar fasciitis, and simply preventing the daily minor injuries is just as important as preventing the less frequent big injuries

(03/11) Einar Diaz The Cardinals back up catcher who has been suffering with an oblique strain, finally got his first chance to bat in spring training in Thursday's inter-squad game. He went 2 for 3. He appears to be ready to start the season without any problems.

(03/10) Chris Carpenter appears to be back at 100%, he was announced earlier this week that he would be the opening day starter.

(03/10) Larry Walker finally made his spring game debut on Thursday after being limited early on due to soreness in his lower back. He played a total of four innings and was hitless in two at-bats, the Associated Press reports.

"I felt great," Walker said. "Got a couple of balls hit to me, so I was able to move. And I hit the ball all right my first time up. I felt comfortable, felt all right."

(03/08) Mike Lincoln described what's bothering him as a bone bruise. Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan and head athletic trainer Barry Weinberg both said the right-hander is dealing with some inflammation in his elbow. The prescription is the same either way, regardless of the diagnosis: a week without throwing off the mound for the rehabbing reliever.

We originally projected that Lincoln won't be ready until mid season, of course that doesn't appear to be the position of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Like Matt Morris, we have urged the Cardinals to exercise caution in rushing these guys back into the lineup so soon.

(03/06) John Mabry The Cards are now calling Mabry's injury from Saturday as a "sprained elbow." He did not undergo an MRI. The team is not putting out any estimated time for Mabry to get back in a game, but he participated in drills -- including some light throwing -- during the Redbirds' Sunday morning workout.

(03/04) Bo Hart Cardinal fan favorite, utility infielder Bo Hart was held out of Friday's game entirely with a sore calf muscle.

We got him listed as day to day.

(03/03) Jim Edmonds has swelling in his shin from the foul tip he took on Tuesday and will not make the trip for the Cardinals' spring training opener against the Mets, the Associated Press reports.

Edmonds should be back in the lineup by next week.

(03/02) Larry Walker will most likely miss the next several days' workouts after aggravating what Cardinals trainers describe as a sprained back.

According to a St. Louis Post Dispatch article, head trainer Barry Weinberg described Walker as taking a ``three-quarter step back'' after prematurely pushing himself through a Monday workout. Walker arrived in camp complaining of back spasms and has since undergone daily treatment.

``I think you have to be a little concerned,'' Cards manager Tony La Russa said before Wednesday's workout. ``It's bad enough that he can't get out there.''

We here at expect Walker to miss about a week to 10 days of training. Head trainer Barry Weinberg indicated Walker prematurely was pushing himself through a Monday workout.

Walker arrived in camp complaining of back spasms and has since undergone daily treatment and has been day to day from day one.

With Walker missing in action this will give more at bats and playing time for John Mabry and possibly Reid Gorecki, normally a center fielder.

Walker's back troubles are back and there has to be some concern about him being ready to start the season in right field.

(02/29) Larry Walker Returned to the field on Monday, as we projected he would last week. Walker missed the first week of spring training with a sore back. Walker took swings against Isringhausen and Eldred. It was a step up from his batting-cage work on Sunday

(02/28) Jason Isringhausen Isringhausen, who had hip joint surgery in the offseason, threw batting practice for 15 minutes Monday.

"I felt good," Isringhausen said. "Just working on keeping my fastball down." The Cardinals are still expecting Isringhausen to be ready for the start of the season, but he'll be handled very cautiously in the spring.

(02/26) Rick Ankiel Threw to hitters for the first time in spring training, yesterday. Ankiel survived a brief scare last fall when, while pitching in Puerto Rico, he felt a twinge of pain in the elbow and was sent home early, missing his last start.

"It seems to be completely healed," Ankiel said. "No pain. I came home and took some medicine, took some time off, and eased back into it."

The Cardinals have him slated as the fifth starter for perhaps the first month of the season. Looking at the schedule, Ankiel will probably get only two starts.

Early indications are that Ankiel is back and maybe better than ever. That's good news for Cardinal fans and maybe bad news for Matt Morris.

The most like scenario is that Ankiel will be moved to the bullpen when Morris returns.

(02/23) Larry Walker Outfielder Larry Walker missed the opening workout with muscle spasms in his back. Walker, among many of the position players who arrived early, said he hurt the back on Sunday and aggravated the condition with a full workout on Monday.

There is no reason for any major concerns.

(02/21) Chris Carpenter The nerve problem that got to Chris Carpenter late last season has healed enough that team doctors have lifted restrictions on his throwing regimen, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

(02/21) Julian Tavarez Julian is reported as saying he is going to take it easy in spring training, as he is still suffering from the injury of his broken left (non pitching) hand. Ironically, he had no problem playing winter ball.

(02/18) Matt Morris It was originally thought that Morris would be out until June. "But, based on what I've seen so far, I think he's further along than they anticipated," Duncan said. "He's been throwing now for a good two weeks and throwing without any pain. He feels great. I'm looking for him pitching in spring training for sure." Ultimately, Dr. George Paletta, head of the Cardinals' medical staff, will most likley have the final say in determining when Matty Mo is ready to return, but this is promising news for the Redbirds and would prevent Rick Ankiel the opportunity to start the season in the rotation.

(02/18) Mike Lincoln the Post Dispatch reported, Reliever Mike Lincoln threw 60 pitches from a mound Thursday with moderate effort barely seven months after having ligament replacement - aka Tommy John surgery - on his right elbow.

Lincoln's return was anticipated to be around May and he appears ahead of schedule at this time.

The Cardinals should exercise caution at this stage of the season in rushing Lincoln and others back into service.

(02/12) Matt Morris As it stands right now, Morris will not be set to return to the starting rotation until June, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Morris had offseason surgery to repair fraying in the labrum.

(02/08) Albert Pujols Cardinals head trainer Barry Weinberg and general manager Walt Jocketty report that about two weeks ago Pujols had follow-up OssaTron treatment for his plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Apparently the treatment went very well and Pujols and the team are hopeful that the problem has been defeated, the Cardinals' official site reports. Adam Wainwright

(02/08) Adam Wainwright A slight tear in his elbow ligament shut him down after 12 unspectacular Triple-A outings in 2004. He was healthy enough to pitch in the Arizona Fall League but was 0-1 with a 5.23 ERA, walking nine in 10 innings. Reports out of St. Louis indicate Wainwright will be healthy for the start of the 2005 season.

(01/23) Jason Isringhausen will be ready to start spring training on time.

"I was throwing with all arm last year," Isringhausen said. "I couldn't use my lower half at all because when I landed I couldn't straighten my leg out. It just hurt too bad. By the end of the year, I was pretty banged up. I got through it and we're looking forward to having a fun year."

He will be on a low impact program to start spring training, but should be ready to be effective at start of the regular season.

(01/20) Mark Mulder says "People kept asking if I was hurt, and I almost wish I had been, because I would have had an excuse," he said. "But it wasn't that. I was fine. It's just that mentally I was not there. It's a bad excuse, it's not an excuse, but mentally, I think I got exhausted. It's just that when [Tim Hudson] got hurt (in late June), I put a lot of pressure on myself to win every time out. I think I started trying too hard, and there was a stretch around the same time where I couldn't make a mistake, they were all one-run games. I think it wore me down."

Pitching Coach Dave Duncan will have another project going into spring training, getting Mulder and his mechanics back on the right track. It appears that there was not an injury and his problems were related to fatigue and pressure.

(01/19) Chris Carpenter Cardinals trainer Barry Weinberg said that the nerve has regenerated and Carpenter will enter spring training with no limitations.

Carpenter missed the entire postseason with nerve damage in his right biceps, he was clearly the Cardinals' best starting pitcher during the regular season with a 15-5 record and a 3.46 ERA. We expect Carpenter to be ready to start spring training on time and pitching in his normal routine right out of the gate.

(01/17) Rick Ankiel said that he's no longer concerned by the elbow twinge that caused him to return early from winter ball in Puerto Rico, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Ankiel recently resumed swinging a bat, which previously put too much stress on the tender elbow.

His exact words were when asked about his arm "It seems to be fine now."

"It seems to be fine", words that don't necessarily inspire confidence.

We are cautiously optimistic about Ankiel being ready to start the season on time. He's been expected to step in and fill in for Matt Morris who is not expected to be ready to start until early May.

(01/17) Jason Isringhausen had successful surgery on his left hip on November the 16th. He was expected to fully recovered in time for spring training. After the surgery he was expected to resume full activities in six to eight weeks which will give him plenty of time to be ready for spring training.

We first reported last July that Isringhausen was going to need hip surgery at the end of the season. He had been bother with pain and discomfort in his hips for about three years, in spite of it he turned in his best season ever.

(01/17) Mike Lincoln missed the second half of last season undergoing Tommy John surgery during the All Star Break. He hopes to be ready to pitch by May - that is a very optimistic goal. Recovery time for Tommy John surgery is usually a minimum of 18 months a return in 10 months would be amazing.

Over the weekend we were surprised by Cardinals GM Walt Jocketty's comments about Lincoln,

"I was surprised," said Jocketty, "but they said he could be ready to pitch by the start of the season."

There is some hope that Lincoln might start the season in the bullpen, but we would suggest the Cardinals be very careful pushing Lincoln back into action too soon.

Actually a July to August time frame would seem more realistic.

(01/17) Matt Morris had shoulder surgery on November the 30th in order to repair some fraying of the labrum. He expects to be cleared to begin throwing in February. Morris recently accepted a one year contract with the Cardinals. He is not expected to be ready to start the season and will be on a reduce pitch count through out spring training. Sources close to the Cardinals expect Morris to return to the rotation by May.

(01/17) Mark Mulder had a very rough second half last season and there was some speculation that he may have suffered an injury that contributed to his pitching woes. Mulder insists he was not injured and that he's a 100% healthy and that his problems were in his pitching mechanics.

(01/17) Albert Pujols' recovery from plantar fasciitis has hit an ill-timed snag. Pujols told reporters on Monday that he has begun to feel pain in his left foot again, several weeks after undergoing a non-invasive treatment for the condition that bothered him for much of the 2004 season. Pujols has told reporters that the injury will not hold him back and he does not intend to miss any of the season.

(01/17) Adam Wainwright who experienced elbow problems in 2004 and was shut down, is healthy and hopes to compete for a rotation job with the Cardinals this spring, according to a recent report in the Illinois Journal-Register. Wainwright could be pushed into action in the major leagues if Morris and Ankiel both falter in the early part of the season and Wainwright stays healthy and is effective at AAA.

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