The St. Louis Cardinals deemed closer Edward Mujica unavailable to pitch yesterday as he continued to be hampered by a back injury. Mujica met with Dr. Clayton Skaggs late yesterday afternoon to have his ailing back examined, and, based on the diagnosis, the Cardinals are hoping the right-hander can avoid a stint on the disabled list, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com.
Examinations revealed that there is nothing structurally wrong with Mujica's back. The closer is dealing with lingering tightness in the right upper side of his back. While it's certainly good news that there's no significant damage, manager Mike Matheny told reporters that Mujica could receive a few additional days off to allow his back to recover more fully.
Mujica described the ailment, which he said sometimes feels just like a "little fatigue," to reporters yesterday.
"It's bothering me just in my back, sometimes like in a
nerve, just going through my muscles like a little fatigue," Mujica said.
"We've just been working on it a lot and trying to get it ready to
While Mujica was able to convert his 33rd save on Wednesday, he was straining enough to warrant examination by the team's trainer. He's recently been given time off to deal with arm fatigue, and he revealed that he's been dealing with muscle-related issues over the last week.
Expect St. Louis to be extremely cautious with Mujica, as they can't afford to lose his services for an extended stretch. He's been pivotal as the team's finisher, posting an ERA and WHIP of 1.77 and 0.804 over 53 appearances spanning 56 innings.
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