Flaherty (oblique) will throw about 75 pitches in a rehab outing Friday and will be activated for his next start, barring any setbacks, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports. After missing two months with a left oblique strain, Flaherty appears right on the verge of rejoining the Cardinals' rotation. The righty threw five innings combined in his first two rehab starts, allowing two earned runs and striking out eight batters.
Flaherty (oblique) allowed two earned runs on four hits, a walk and a wild pitch over three innings in Triple-A Memphis' loss to Gwinnett on Sunday. He struck out five. Despite the fact the Stripers got to Flaherty for a couple of extra-base hits, the right-hander's start was encouraging overall. Flaherty worked up to 58 pitches (38 strikes), and if he's able to up his workload in his next rehab appearance without any setbacks, it's conceivable he makes a return early in the second half of August.
Flaherty (oblique) fired two scoreless innings in Triple-A Memphis' loss to Gwinnett on Tuesday, allowing a hit and recording three strikeouts. As his line indicates, Flaherty passed his first rehab test with flying colors, throwing 21 of 31 pitches for strikes. The right-hander is likely due for at least two more appearances with the Redbirds, considering the Cardinals will likely want him built back up to the 70-to-75-pitch range before activation is considered.
Flaherty (oblique) will begin a rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Memphis, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Flaherty has been out since the end of May with a strained left oblique. He'll likely need multiple rehab outings given the length of his absence. If he makes just two rehab starts, he could be back late in the first week of August, but if he needs three, he'll likely return sometime in the second week of the month. He'll be limited to 40-to-45 pitches Tuesday, per Zachary Silver of MLB.com, which suggests three rehab starts may be more likely unless the Cardinals bring him back on a pitch count after two rehab outings.
Flaherty (oblique) could begin a rehab assignment within a week, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Flaherty threw two bullpen sessions this week, and he's expected to throw another side session in the coming days. The right-hander's first rehab outing is expected to be a brief, one-inning appearance, but it's encouraging to see him close to facing live hitters.
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