St. Louis Cardinals backup catcher Tony Cruz is eligible to come off of the disabled list on Friday, August 30, but he may have to wait a while longer before returning to action. MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports that Cruz is not yet cleared to resume baseball activities. Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak has no set time table for Cruz's return, but it could happen by September 10.
Cruz went on the disabled list on August 15 with a stress fracture in his left forearm. Since the rosters expand on September 1, Cruz could become officially activated without Mozeliak's having to open a roster spot by clearing another player. Cruz could then start playing when ready.
Cruz is the main backup for Yadier Molina. He has hit only .212 but has provided steady defense in his games played.
Meanwhile, starting pitcher Jamie Garcia, out for the season due to shoulder surgery, threw on Monday, his first throwing session since the surgery. Garcia, as Langosch reports, threw approximately 30 pitches from distances fluctuating from 45 to 60 feet. He said he felt well and expects to throw every two days for the next week.
Garcia will not pitch again this season, but he expressed his delight in getting back on the field in preparation for next year. Said Garcia,
"Obviously, I'm super-excited and everything, but at the same time, it's something that takes time. You've got to basically take one day at a time and see how it's going. ... I'm in a good place right now, and I'll just keep working hard and keep a good mentality and see what happens. There will be bumps in the road, but it was a good first day of playing catch, and we'll take it one day at a time."
Garcia was 5-2 with a 3.58 ERA in nine starts for the Cardinals at the time of his injury. He is 39-25, 3.45, since he came up with the Cardinals in 2008.
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