Cooney remains on the 7-day DL for Triple-A Memphis, as he is still dealing with shoulder soreness that has kept him sidelined since spring training, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Although more details on the injury have not been released and the Cardinals are still calling it soreness, the amount of time Cooney has missed due to this injury is concerning, as we have no idea when he'll be able to pitch again. Cooney made six solid starts for the Cardinals last season, posting a 3.16 ERA, and figured to be one of the first in line to get a major league start in the event the Cardinals needed to recall a starter.
Cooney is on the minor league DL with a shoulder issue, the Memphis Commercial Appeal's Pete Wickham reports. He was experiencing general soreness in spring training, and this seems to be a carry over of that ailment. The Cardinals have not released anything to suggest it is more than just soreness/fatigue, but until Cooney returns to game action, this is still somewhat concerning. He is at Triple-A Memphis, but if he can return to full health, he could be the next pitcher in line if the big league rotation needs reinforcements.
The Cardinals optioned Cooney to Triple-A Memphis on Sunday. The Cardinals found an area of weakness in Cooney's throwing shoulder in late February, containing the lefty to two appearances. While he threw three scoreless (and hitless) innings with one strikeout versus two walks, he'll proceed to Triple-A, where he'll aim to rid himself of the discomfort in his shoulder and build up arm strength.
Cooney (arm) was tossed six pitches in his Grapefruit League appearance Saturday against the Nationals, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports. Cooney had been dealing with arm soreness for much of the past two weeks, but after getting back on the mound in a game for the first time since March 12, it looks like he'll be good to go for the start of the season. Once he builds up his pitch count a little bit more in subsequent spring training appearances, Cooney will occupy a rotation spot for Triple-A Memphis.
Cooney experienced general soreness after his last outing and will only throw a controlled batting practice Wednesday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Cooney had to slow his schedule earlier in March for shoulder soreness and with this latest setback he's now several weeks behind most starters in being ready for the season. Cooney now is unlikely to be considered for any spot starts until well into the season and may have to stay in extended spring training before heading to Triple-A.
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