Yet again, Kevin Siegrist proved to be a tremendous asset in the Cardinals' bullpen. His usage went down to 67 games (61.2 innings) from 2015's outrageous showing of 81 games (74.2 innings). He was just as efficient and notched a 26.6 percent strikeout rate and continued to show reverse splits. However, for the second straight year, he decreased his opponents' batting average against lefties, as they hit .221 with Siegrist on the mound, down from .278 in 2015. He continued his dominance of righties (.178/.265/.367 line against). Unfortunately for Siegrist, not every aspect of his game trended in the right direction. Although command has never been his strength, his lack of accuracy finally caught up to him and resulted in 10 home runs, giving him a 1.46 HR/9. He also blew more saves (five) than he converted (three). Despite these blemishes, Siegrist will resume his job in the late innings, which should result in upwards of 15 holds for the third year in a row.
Siegrist (shoulder) will make his first Grapefruit League appearance Wednesday against the Nationals, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Siegrist's spring debut has been delayed by a bout of shoulder soreness, but after facing hitters over the weekend, he's been cleared to pitch in games. Assuming health prevails in 2017, Siegrist should serve as one of the top setup arms in the Cardinals bullpen after turning in sub-3.00 ERAs in each of the last two seasons.
Siegrist (shoulder) is scheduled to make his spring debut before the end of the week, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Siegrist has been saddled with some shoulder tightness this spring, as he didn't throw his first bullpen session until Feb. 23. The 27-year-old lefty has been a pivotal part of the Cardinals' relief corps over the last two seasons; he produced a 6-3 record, 2.77 ERA and 17 holds over 61.2 innings in 2016.
Siegrist (shoulder) threw his first bullpen session of spring Wednesday, Glenn Sattell of MLB.com reports. "It was good," said Siegrist, who threw about 25 pitches. "Everything was fine. [I threw] all fastballs and changeups. No pain, nothing like that. Now it's just all about building back up to get ready to throw in games. I feel good so far." Saddled with some shoulder tightness last week that had prompted him to cancel his scheduled pitching sessions, Siegrist had moved up to playing catch on a couple of different occasions since Friday. Having experienced no setbacks, he finally threw his first bullpen of spring Wednesday, and reported that he was able to do so without restriction or discomfort. The Cardinals' projected setup man in 2017, Siegrist will evaluate how he feels Thursday before making firm plans to embark on a normal schedule of bullpen and batting practice sessions.
Siegrist (shoulder) played catch each day over the weekend and hopes to return to the mound Wednesday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. The left-hander skipped some of his scheduled pitching sessions last week due to shoulder tightness, but it seems like the pain is beginning to subside. As long as everything goes as planned in his recovery, Siegrist will likely get back on track to pitch without inhibitions and act as the Cardinals' setup man for the 2017 campaign.
Siegrist did not throw his scheduled bullpen session Wednesday due to a bout of shoulder tightness, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. It's unclear when this issue cropped up, but it seems that the Cardinals are being cautious with their setup man given how early in spring training the injury occurred. The severity of the tightness is also unknown as of now, but that should become clearer in the next few days as Siegrist gets a chance to rest a bit.