More bullpen decisions loom on the horizon for the St. Louis Cardinals as Brett Cecil, Ryan Sherriff, and Sam Tuivailala are all nearing the end of their time on the disabled list.
Both Cecil and Tuivailala threw bullpen sessions this afternoon prior to the Cardinals game against Cincinnati.
“Everything felt good,” shared Cecil, who threw a mix of 35 pitches in the session. “Got another one on Sunday. Yeah, everything’s feeling good.”
Having missed the last 17 games due to a left shoulder strain, Cecil could be facing live hitters early next week.
“I think the plan is to go down to Jupiter and throw a couple innings, I’m not sure how many,” said Cecil. “Go down there and face some live hitters and hopefully be back as quick as possible.”
Both Sherriff (right great toe fracture) and Tuivailala (left knee strain) are likely to head out for a rehab assignment in the near future, per John Mozeliak–who also confirmed the plan for Cecil to head to Jupiter.
“Obviously, (Cecil) didn’t have a normal spring and try to bring him back at a pace that we feel will benefit him,” said Mozeliak.
Entering the weekend, the Cardinals bullpen has thrown 60.1 innings, putting together a 3.43 ERA with 63 strikeouts and 29 walks. The relievers have allowed 6 of 36 inherited runners to score.
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