DeJong (hand) hit off a pitching machine Thursday and reported no pain when making contact, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports. The young shortstop called Thursday's session a "huge step" in his rehab process and added that he is aiming to hit on the field in the near future. That DeJong was able to hit without any pain in his surgically repaired hand is the most encouraging tidbit of Thursday's report, but it's still unclear when exactly he'll be ready to set out on a rehab assignment. There will be more clarity on DeJong's timetable after his next workout.
DeJong (hand) is slated to see a specialist late next week with the goal of receiving clearance to resume hitting full-speed fastballs, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. DeJong is looking to resume hitting 95 mph pitches without causing damage to his injured finger. The goal is for the shortstop to jump back into batting practice during the team's next homestand, after which he'd head out to a rehab assignment. If he's able to traverse those steps without setbacks, DeJong could be on target for an early-July return.
DeJong (hand) traveled with the team to Philadelphia and his hoping to resume batting practice by the end of this week, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. DeJong has been progressively ramping up his activity, and he began swinging off a tee last Saturday for the first time since undergoing his hand surgery. The 24-year-old will also eventually need a minor-league rehab assignment prior to activation, with the affiliate and duration to be determined.
DeJong (hand) hit off a tee Saturday for the first time since undergoing surgery for his fractured left hand, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. DeJong had a CT scan scheduled for Saturday to determine if he could start hitting, and his work on the tee indicates there were no issues. The 24-year-old will continue to ramp up his baseball activities and will travel with the Cardinals on their road trip next week, but there remains no firm date for his expected return.
DeJong (hand) will have a CT scan on his left hand Saturday to determine whether he's ready to begin hitting, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. DeJong resumed light baseball activities earlier in the week, which includes taking swings against air. General manager Michael Girsch has said that the team expects DeJong's recovery -- which will still include a rehab assignment of unknown duration -- to accelerate relatively quickly from this point forward.