As expected, the St. Louis Cardinals are planning to have Carlos Martinez and Yadier Molina return from the disabled list and start their game this Tuesday at Busch Stadium.
“Yeah, it looks like he should be ready to go on Tuesday,” confirmed Mike Matheny when asked about the latest on Martinez. “Yadi’s the next question you’ll ask me, and if everything goes good today and checks out fine, that’d be how we’d like to see it happen as well.”
Last night, Molina was 0-1 at the plate with and RBI and caught five innings at Springfield (AA). He will likely add another couple of frames in his final tune-up there today.
“Depending on how long innings or shorter innings could dictate how that goes but he’s going to be stretched a little bit,” explained Matheny. “He hit a couple of balls on the screws yesterday, I think he’s gonna be just right. I don’t think there’s any concern medically from the surgeon’s perspective, it’s just getting him back behind the plate and back used to the demands of the position.”
Martinez had a his own rehab start at Springfield on Thursday. He threw 4.0 innings and allowed two solo home runs, three other hits, and struck out four batters.
BLISTERS GONE FOR BOWMAN
–On the disabled list since May 17th due to blisters, Matt Bowman threw his second bullpen yesterday and is pleased with his progress.
“It was good, felt good,” said Bowman, who has mixed changeups and sliders with his fastballs in the sessions. “The main thing for me is the changeup. The sinkers were a little hard to control, but it was the changeup. It was almost painful to throw that pitch, so I sort of moved away from it.”
The blisters, which were on the tips of his right index and middle finger, including one just under the fingernail, have healed to where only a mark of where they had been remains.
“It’s at a manageable point now,” said Bowman. “We’re keeping an eye on it and making sure there’s not setbacks.”
Pitchers have been known to use various methods to toughen the skin on their fingers, such as soaking them in tobacco or pickle juice, or snake oil.
“When I wasn’t working on feel for my pitches we put some medical tape over them to make sure there wasn’t anything worse happening,” said Bowman, with a laugh. “They have medical, proven methods of skin treatment that we’ve been using–no urine, that’s a question everyone always wants to ask.”
A timeline for his return has not yet been announced, but Bowman figures a rehab assignment is more than likely before he would be activated from the DL.
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