Less Structure for Gregerson

(Busch Stadium) St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Luke Gregerson is returning to familiar territory as he is heading back to Springfield (AA) to pitch out of the bullpen the next few days.

“Hopefully, I’ll go down there and continue my scoreless innings streak from the last 11 years,” laughed Gregerson, who calculates the total falls between 27 or 28 innings. His last regular season there was in 2008, but he made some rehab appearances there last year and has thrown three more this season before moving on to Memphis (AAA).

“Came out of that really nicely,” Gregerson said. “Threw the ball well. Bounced back on the consecutive days well. Came here, played catch. Felt really good, so no residual effects so far and hopefully we continue down that path.”

Nearing the end of his rehab assignment for a shoulder impingement, the right-hander played catch and then met with team doctors today before packing to make the trip to the southwest corner of the state.

“It feels tremendously better,” Gregerson said. “Last year, I would have a hard time bouncing back from an outing no matter how many pitches I threw. Right now, it seems to be–knock on wood, cross my fingers, I haven’t been getting sore. I haven’t had any effects in the front of my shoulder kind of where I was feeling it before. Being able to go day-to-day and go back-to-back, whatever it maybe, has felt really good.”

The plan in Springfield is for the reliever to be used in a less structured manner.

“Outings where nothing’s scheduled,” Gregerson explained. “I don’t know when I’m pitching, I’m just going to get up and throw whenever they tell me to. Get up, get down–maybe come in in the middle of an inning, whatever it may be and just see how that reacts and go from there.”

In his eight combined appearances at Palm Beach, Springfield, and Memphis this season, Gregerson has allowed one run on four hits while striking out seven batters with no walks.

photo credit: Brian Stull/STLBaseballWeekly.com

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