Adams, Jay among Cardinals eyeing returns
Outfielders progressing during injury rehabs, along with Holliday
ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak spoke optimistically about the chances of getting Randal Grichuk, who was placed on the 15-day disabled on Monday with a right elbow strain, back next month for the final push of the regular season. But he's not the only September boost the club intends to get.
The other six Cardinals on the DL are engaged in rehab work, each with an eye on returning next month. Even Adam Wainwright, who underwent a supposed season-ending procedure to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon in April, hasn't given up on a potential return.
While his comeback remains a long shot, the Cardinals do believe a wave of help is on the way.
• St. Louis plans to send Matt Adams (right quad strain) to Jupiter, Fla., on Friday so he can continue his rehab work at the team's spring facility. Adams increased his running work on the field early Monday afternoon and has had no setbacks as he continues to take subsequent steps. He had previously resumed taking controlled swings.
• Mozeliak noted that Jon Jay (left wrist stress reaction) is "getting closer to getting more baseball activity, so it's something we need to think about and decide what his next step looks like." Jay underwent a series of tests on Monday to see if his wrist is increasing in strength. He, too, is swinging in the batting cages.
• Matt Holliday (right quad strain) is not as far along as either Jay or Adams, but he could begin running again as early as this week.
Asked if a mid-September return is on the table for all three, Mozeliak said: "I think that's a fair estimation. I think the most important thing is just trying to get these guys in a situation where, physically, we're comfortable allowing them to go out."
• On the pitching end, Mozeliak described Matt Belisle (right elbow inflammation) as taking "baby steps" and Jordan Walden (right biceps inflammation) as at a standstill. While asserting that he was optimistic Belisle would pitch again this year, Mozeliak spoke with less conviction regarding Walden's status.
"I still hold hope for that," Mozeliak said, "but I suppose that's diminishing a little bit."