Despite some difficulties with his air travel, pitcher Austin Gomber will be the starting pitcher tonight for the Springfield Cardinals.
On the Injured List since May 16th with biceps discomfort, Gomber has missed 90 games this season.
This will be the second rehab appearance for Gomber, who threw 0.1 innings for Palm Beach (A+) this past Friday. He threw 22 pitches (9 strikes) while allowing a pair of hits, three earned runs, and walked two.
“Does he feel good?” qualified Mike Shildt as the main question coming out of that start. “The curveball still had good spin to it, but not that I don’t have high expectations for Austin Gomber, because I do–we do, he does. But if you put it into a context of how would we evaluate the first time out in Spring Training, it’s not a reasonable evaluation. It’s been four months. My expectations were just that he would be able to get out and throw. A little rusty sounded like, according to the game report. Curveball had good spin to it. Didn’t have command, which again, would be surprised if he was out there dotting.”
There is not a set timetable for Gomber’s return, but there is hope that he could be ready to contribute out of the Cardinals bullpen before the end of the season.
Outfielder Tyler O’Neill (left wrist strain) has also had his rehab assignment transferred to Springfield. In his three rehab games at Memphis (AAA), O’Neill O’Neill went 3-for-9 (.333), scored one run, drew three walks and struck-out five times.
Both Gomber and O’Neill will be joining Jose Martinez, who is starting his rehab assignment in Springfield tonight. Martinez has been dealing with a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder.
All three players are expected to start for Springfield tonight.
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