Cardinals AFL Interviews: Stuart Pomeranz

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitching prospect Stuart Pomeranz is pitching for the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League this fall. In this audio interview, he focuses on his injury-riddled 2007 and looks to the future.

This week, Stuart Pomeranz is completing his second consecutive trip to the Arizona Fall League, but the intervening 12 months have not been easy. Pomeranz saw limited action in 2007 after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to clean up a frayed labrum after Spring Training.

The big 6-foot-7 righty came into camp on the Springfield roster and if he had been able to pitch well, could easily have earned a spot in Memphis to start the year. Instead, after a long stint on the disabled list, he ended the season on the Palm Beach Cardinals and then headed to the Winter Instructional League, continuing his rehabilitation process.

In fact, despite the limited time pitching this season, Pomeranz has appeared in a number of uniforms and levels, starting with three games in the Gulf Coast League where he tossed 4 2/3 innings. He then moved up to Palm Beach, making three more starts, totalling 9 2/3 innings pitched.

In Instructs, he worked on the side before heading to Arizona along with his Mesa Solar Sox pitching coach Mark Riggins. The Cardinals are continuing to take it very easy with Pomeranz, limiting his work as he deals with the expected soreness aspect of his recovery.

Injuries are not new to the 22-year-old. He was limited to just 18 starts for Double-A Springfield in 2006 due to oblique and shoulder injuries. Originally, he had been drafted by the Cardinals in the second round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft as a high schooler.

Pomeranz is at risk of being taken by another organization in December's Rule 5 Draft if not protected by being placed on the Cardinals' 40-man roster. Perhaps due to his injury history, the Cardinals will roll the dice on Pomeranz and leave him exposed.

In this exclusive audio interview, Pomeranz briefly talks about his recovery, what he has learned in the last year and what the future may hold.

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Come back here to Scout.com tomorrow for the final of our 12 exclusive Cardinals interviews straight from the Arizona Fall League, with Amaury Marti. It is also the last day of the 2007 AFL regular season.

Earlier interviews:
Team USA coach Rick Eckstein
Closer Chris Perez
Outfielder Colby Rasmus
Catcher Bryan Anderson
Mesa Solar Sox coach Mark Riggins
Second Baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir
Pitcher Mitchell Boggs
Pitcher Jason Motte
First baseman Mark Hamilton
Pitcher Luke Gregerson



Brian Walton can be reached via email at brwalton@earthlink.net.

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