Haerther Likely To Start The Season On The DL

The popular Cardinals minor league outfielder is scheduled to see a bone specialist on Friday and depending on the results of the examination, Cody Haerther could start the season on the disabled list.

St. Louis Cardinals spring training 2007 - it was supposed to be the opportunity of a lifetime for minor league outfielder Cody Haerther - then an injury in the first exhibition game against the Florida Atlantic University Owls changed everything.

The injury, originally described by the St. Louis Cardinals as a mild wrist sprain, later was diagnosed as a bone bruise after an MRI.

Hearther missed the next 13 St. Louis Cardinals Grapefruit League games before being reassigned to the Cardinals minor league camp on March the 12th.

Bone bruises result from compressive forces incurred during an injury. The pain and discomfort from the injury can last from days to months. Treatment for this type of injury is limited to using ice to limit/reduce possible swelling, rest to promote healing and taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen to deal with the pain.

Haerther said Thursday after missing so many games that it had been a very frustrating spring training so far, adding "I'm going to see a bone specialist Friday and it looks like I could start the season on the DL."

Cody is able to throw without any problems. He can hit off the tee and during batting practice without significant discomfort but he is still unable to bat in a live game situation.

Originally drafted by the Cardinals in the 6th round of the June, 2002 First-Year Player Draft, Cody signed a one-year minor league contract with St. Louis in February.

Cody had a tough first half of the 2006 season, batting only .234 through July 1. Haerther improved considerably as the season wore on, hitting .320, .326 and .333 in July, August and September, respectively.

The 23-year old outfielder hit .322 after the Texas League All-Star break in his first full season at Double-A. He finished the season at .277/.336/.437 with 11 home runs and 52 RBIs in 412 at-bats for the Springfield Cardinals.

St. Louis added Haerther to their 40-man roster in November. In December, he was ranked as the Cardinals #12 prospect by the staff at www.stlcardinals.scout.com.

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