There were reportedly no rips or tears in the labrum or rotator cuff, which is good news. 12 weeks of rehab in Florida are up next with Kopp expected to be ready to go in spring training. His planned stint in the Arizona Fall League will have to be filled by another player, whose identity has not yet been announced by the Cardinals.
St. Louis' 2007 second-round pick from Clemson had been placed on the disabled list of the Palm Beach Cardinals near the end of the season. Kopp's last outing with the A-Advanced club was on August 22. He previously missed about a month, from June 9 to July 13, due to inflammation in his pitching shoulder, surgically repaired last season.
Starting in late May, Kopp had five starts with Double-A Springfield, posting a 1-1 record with a 6.43 ERA before being returned to Palm Beach. In the Florida State League, he had a 5-3 record with a 3.12 ERA this season.
Between the two stops, Kopp pitched 90 1/3 innings this season, compared to 41 in 2008 and just four professional innings in 2007 after putting in a total of over 225 innings with Clemson from 2005 through 2007.
Last winter, the Floridian ranked 34th among our top St. Louis Cardinals prospects after having been placed 36th the previous year.
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