Return for Gyorko Pushed Back

(Busch Stadium) Optimistic before heading into his wrist surgery, the recovery time will not be as quick as St. Louis Cardinals infielder Jedd Gyorko had hoped.

“It’s going to be longer than we thought,” Manager Mike Shildt said. “I think we’re probably looking at probably re-visiting an evaluation when he can play in a month or so.”

Gyorko originally went on the Injured List with a strained lower back on June 8th. As he was ready to return, he developed a calf issue and it was decided to cleanup a bone spur in his wrist three weeks ago.

“He’s just dealing with the wrist, the cast, still healing,” Shildt said.

With another month moving the schedule into August and then needing time to gain strength, it raises the question if Gyorko will be able to return in 2019.

“There is a question,” Shildt acknowledged. “You’re talking about still middle-end of August. Obviously, rehab might be a little tough at that point–but we’ll create some opportunities for him. He’s going to have to go play somewhere and get at-bats and get on the field and be a baseball player for a while before he comes back.”

Outfielder Marcell Ozuna also does not have a definitive timetable for his return. Still dealing with inflammation from right hand fractures, Ozuna has yet to regain his grip strength.

WACHA BACK IN BULLPEN

–It was also confirmed that with Daniel Ponce de Leon making the start on Wednesday, Michael Wacha will pitch in relief until another need arises in the rotation.

“Michael’s in the bullpen,” Shildt said. “Clearly, built up beyond anybody else as far as length goes, but I don’t want to pigeon-hole him into the long man role, either.”

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