Schafer successfully underwent a repair of his elbow ligament Friday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. It was uncertain which procedure Schafer would undergo until Friday, but it turns out he was able to opt for a Tommy John alternative that generally carries a shorter recovery time. The "primary repair" option will still sideline Schafer for the entire 2017 season, but he shouldn't have any issues entering 2018.
Schafer is scheduled to undergo elbow surgery on Friday and will miss the entire 2017 season, Derrick Goold of the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Although it seems likely that Schafer will need Tommy John surgery, it's possible that he'll be able to undergo an alternative procedure known as "primary repair" surgery that carries a slightly shorter recovery time. However, until Schafer goes under the knife, there is no way of knowing which procedure will end up taking place. Regardless of the surgery, it's apparent he'll be out for all of the 2017 season. It is unclear if he will attempt to come back as a reliever or an outfielder.
Schafer is scheduled to have elbow surgery later in the week, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. At this point, it's still uncertain exactly what the surgery will be for, as Goold also noted that it won't be known until the time of the procedure whether he needs Tommy John or a "primary repair" option. Either way, it seems the 30-year-old is set to miss extended time, but more will be known when the surgery draws closer.
Schafer is dealing with tightness in his forearm and will be re-evaluated Monday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Forearm tightness sometimes can be a precursor to a more serious injury that is at play, but it should also be noted that the team's initial tests on Schafer's elbow were reportedly "encouraging." The 30-year-old outfielder arrived to camp as a non-roster invitee looking to scoop up a bench spot on the Cardinals' roster. St. Louis should have a better gauge of Schafer's injury severity once he is re-evaluated Monday.
Schafer, trying to stick with the Cardinals this spring as a possible two-way player, practiced exclusively in the outfield during Monday's workouts, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The veteran, a career outfielder, is in the midst of adding pitching to his resume this spring, but the Cardinals reportedly have designs on deploying him as a possible two-way threat. Schafer had worked in his new role until Monday, when he put in a full workday as an outfielder in between a bullpen session Sunday and his expected turn against hitters Tuesday. The team appears set to follow the same schedule for the time being, while limiting the amount of throws he makes from the outfield so as to not overwork his arm.