Springer Waiting For First Spring Appearance

St. Louis Cardinas' reliever Russ Springer has been unable to throw off the mound in spring training due to a sore muscle in his ribcage.

Springer continues to work out daily with the team and has been able to do everything else a pitcher normally does during spring training, so he's still expected to be ready when the regular season begins.

Considered a situational righty specialist at this stage of his career, last season he pitched in a career-high 72 games, posting a 3.47 ERA, allowing 46 hits, striking out 46 and walking 16 in 59.2 innings. He held right-handed batters to a .187 batting average. Overall, opponents hit just .211 off of him. He did not allow a run in 10 of his last 11 outings from Sept. 9 - Oct. 1 (1.08 ERA, 8.1 IP / ER).

The Cardinals who were familiar with Springer, because he appeared in 17 games for St. Louis in 2003, winning the season opener, before being sidelined by an elbow injury, signed him to a one-year deal in December.

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