The injury news before Monday’s game was something of a mixed bag for the St. Louis Cardinals, as President of Baseball Operations began his rundown with an update on Paul DeJong, who will be checked again on Thursday.
“If all goes well, then it will be as tolerated,” said Mozeliak. “We’re very optimistic where he is, but you still can’t rush the healing process. But he looks like he’s in a very good spot.”
Provided there are no setbacks for DeJong, the shortstop is expected to be back in action around the end of this month.
The end of this week could mark the return for reliever Matt Bowman, who went 2.0 innings in his outing on rehab assignment today at Memphis.
“Given that volume, he’ll likely be down a couple of days,” said Mozeliak, noting that Friday would likely be the activation date.
The same cannot be said for Greg Holland, who suffered the blown save and loss for the Redbirds today. Holland allowed three on three hits–one of them a 3-run homer.
“Obviously a tough day today,” acknowledged Mozeliak. “For us, he was still not at that point where I think we can find a place for him. From a physical standpoint, we’ll re-check him tomorrow and make a decision on what that next step looks like.”
In his two previous rehab innings with Memphis, Holland had not allowed a run but issued four walks with one strikeout. He can remain on rehab assignment for up to 30 days.
Also in Memphis, pitcher Ryan Helsely has been placed on the disabled list with a shoulder issue.
“Diagnosed as shoulder fatigue,” explained Mozeliak. “I think for us, it was really just sort of taking a timeout. Volume was up and for us it’s more just being conservative and trying to be smart with this.”
A hard-thrower, Helsely began the season in Springfield (AA) but had his last four appearances after being promoted to Memphis. He struck out 19 batters and allowed just 3 runs in his first two outings, but gave up 10 runs over his last two games.
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