Mikolas (shoulder) made a rehab start for Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday and took a loss to Durham, allowing two earned runs on five hits and a walk over 2.1 innings. He struck out three.
Mikolas worked up to 57 pitches -- 39 which found the strike zone -- but he also got off on the wrong foot by yielding a solo home run to Rays prospect Vidal Brujan in the first inning. However, the right-hander's ability to tolerate a relatively robust workload in his first taste of competitive game action since 2019 was encouraging, and if his shoulder responds well in the coming days, he could be back in the big leagues within the next few weeks.
Mikolas (shoulder) is expected to begin a minor-league rehab assignment Wednesday with Triple-A Memphis, Jim Hayes of Bally Sports Midwest reports.
The 32-year-old threw two innings at the alternate training site last weekend and will progress to minor-league action when that season begins this week. Mikolas is on track for a return in late May, as he should require a lengthy rehab assignment since he hasn't pitched in the majors since September of 2019.
Mikolas (shoulder) threw two innings at the Cardinals' alternate training site Sunday, the Associated Press reports.
The veteran right-hander's progress has been fairly deliberate, yet Sunday's activity level is certainly encouraging. Mikolas likely is still multiple weeks away from making his regular-season debut despite his recent progress, but the fact he's been free of setbacks for multiple weeks at this point is a bright spot.
Mikolas (shoulder) recently faced live hitters for the first time since late February, but he still projects for a late-May season debut at the earliest, Zachary Silver of MLB.com reports.
The right-hander has been limited to fastballs and changeups thus far in his throwing sessions for precautionary reasons, which underscores how much he still realistically has to go to be ready for game action. Manager Mike Shildt currently compares Mikolas to a pitcher who's just starting to ramp up for Grapefruit League starts in late February, and the veteran will look to next incorporate breaking balls into a batting practice session for the first time in his rehabilitation process.
Mikolas (shoulder) threw a simulated game Sunday, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
Mikolas threw an aggressive bullpen session earlier in the week, and he faced hitters Sunday for the first time since he sustained his shoulder injury Feb. 25. The right-hander threw fastballs and changeups during Sunday's simulated game and reportedly felt good afterward. Mikolas will likely throw a live batting practice in the near future that incorporates more breaking balls and could progress to a more traditional rehab process afterward.
Mikolas (shoulder) threw what manager Mike Shildt described as an aggressive bullpen earlier in the week and recovered favorably, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports. "He's in a good place and he's creeping toward live BP," Shildt said. "He's starting to throw uninhibited with some good velocity and command and using all of his pitches."
It's been a slow road to recovery for the veteran right-hander, who originally suffered his injury when first facing live hitters this spring back on Feb. 25. Mikolas' progression has been a series of fits and starts since then, but he's seemingly been without setbacks since spring training concluded and could be close to throwing a live batting practice as the next step in his recovery program.
Mikolas (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Monday, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
Mikolas was shut down in mid-March after experiencing shoulder soreness, but he's resumed mound work recently. The right-hander will likely require at least one more bullpen session before he's cleared to face hitters for the first time since the first week of spring training. While Mikolas' progress has been encouraging so far, it's still not clear when he could return to game action.
Mikolas (shoulder) will soon report to the Cardinals' alternate training site to continue his rehabilitation, the Associated Press reports.
The veteran right-hander was progressively boosting his activity level before spring training ended. A move to the alternate training site will allow Mikolas a chance to face hitters in simulated games, a necessary requirement to prepare him for an eventual regular-season debut.
The Cardinals placed Mikolas (shoulder) on the 10-day injured list Sunday.
Mikolas' move to the IL to begin the season was inevitable after he was shut down in mid-March after experiencing shoulder soreness. The right-hander has since been cleared to resume throwing off flat ground, and he should be able to step on the mound for a bullpen session early this week before the Cardinals head north for the start of the season. Assuming he avoids any further setbacks with his shoulder, Mikolas will still need a few more weeks to get his arm fully ramped up and conditioned for a starter's workload, so he likely won't be ready to make his 2021 debut until late April or early May.
Mikolas (shoulder) is expected to throw a bullpen session before spring training ends, but he likely won't face live hitters until he arrives at the team's alternate training site, Zachary Silver of MLB.com reports.
The veteran right-hander has been able to resume playing catch without setbacks, but the team is clearly adopting a cautious approach with him after Mikolas recently conceded his current shoulder troubles stem from having overthrown his first time facing hitters. President of baseball operations John Mozeliak noted Wednesday that a firmer timeline for the righty's regular-season debut won't be determined until the team sees how he responds to the upcoming increase in activity level.
Mikolas attributes the shoulder soreness that's kept him out of Grapefruit League play to having overthrown when facing live hitters for the first time this spring Feb. 25, Zachary Silver of MLB.com reports. "I think I just might have overdid it," Mikolas said. "Maybe I should have kept one foot on the brake for another live BP or two before I let it go."
The veteran right-hander was able to play catch without setbacks Wednesday, a cautiously optimistic sign. Mikolas is already ruled out for his first regular-season turn in the rotation, but he remains positive about being able to return shortly thereafter and noted "I don't see myself missing a whole lot of time."
Mikolas (shoulder) looked good playing catch Wednesday, Ben Frederickson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Any news of Mikolas' ailing shoulder responding well to physical activity is welcome at this point, but the right-hander will continue to be treated with caution. Zachary Silver of MLB.com reports Mikolas will play catch at least once more in the coming days before a more concrete plan for his next steps is developed, but the 32-year-old has already been ruled out for his first regular-season turn through the rotation.
Mikolas (shoulder) will be shut down from throwing for seven-to-10 days after undergoing an MRI recently, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
Manager Mike Shildt said "early returns are favorable", but the right-hander will still be prevented from throwing for at least a week while dealing with shoulder soreness. Mikolas hasn't officially been ruled out for Opening Day, but it's safe to assume he'll begin the season on the injured list since he hasn't thrown off a mound since Feb. 25 and will likely be unable to build up to a starter's workload.
Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said Thursday that recent imaging conducted on Mikolas' right shoulder revealed no structural damage, Rob Rains of StLSportsPage.com reports. "Early returns are favorable," Shildt said. "Nothing in the imaging that dictated anything invasive."
Fortunately for Mikolas, he looks to be dealing with nothing more than soreness in his shoulder, so the Cardinals will have him back off his throwing program for a bit with the hope that extra rest helps remedy the issue. Even though he's not expected to be shut down for an extended period, Mikolas looks unlikely to be built up for a starter's workload by the time Opening Day arrives. If Mikolas indeed opens the season on the injured list, Daniel Ponce de Leon, John Gant and Johan Oviedo would likely be the top candidates to fill his spot in the rotation.
Mikolas won't throw his scheduled bullpen Wednesday, as his shoulder soreness isn't progressing as the Cardinals hoped, Justin Toscano of The Bergen Record reports.
A forearm injury cost Mikolas all of last season, but it's a shoulder problem that's bothering him so far this year. The issue has so far been characterized as mere stiffness or soreness, but this latest setback indicates that there could be something worse going on. The Cardinals should find that out after Mikolas undergoes further tests. This delay is already casting his readiness for Opening Day in some doubt, and it's possible he winds up being forced to miss an extended period.
Manager Mike Shildt said Mikolas (shoulder) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Wednesday, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
The 32-year-old was originally expected to throw a bullpen session Sunday morning, but he instead participated in a light workout and had the session pushed back. Mikolas hasn't throw off a mound since Feb. 25, and Shildt wouldn't commit to the right-hander's availability for Opening Day.
Mikolas (shoulder) is expected to throw a bullpen session Monday or Tuesday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Manager Mike Shildt previously said the 32-year-old was slated for a bullpen session Sunday morning, but the right-hander instead took part in a light workout. Mikolas was scratched from a simulated game early last week due to the shoulder issue and has yet to make it back on the mound. He missed the entirety of last season due to flexor tendon surgery, so the team is being cautious early in camp.
Mikolas (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session Sunday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Mikolas was scratched from a simulated game Monday due to shoulder issues and his progress remains slow. If he checks out fine following the bullpen session, he could be cleared for game action soon thereafter, keeping him in the mix for the Opening Day roster, though the Cardinals are likely to remain cautious with him after he missed all of last season due to flexor tendon surgery. While it's a positive that his current injury woes aren't related to that issue, it's still certainly not good to see a pitcher battling arm troubles so early in camp.
President of baseball operations John Mozeliak revealed Wednesday that Mikolas is dealing with shoulder stiffness, but the issue isn't believed to be a long-term concern, Zachary Silver of MLB.com reports.
Mikolas was scratched from a scheduled simulated game appearance Monday, but until this point, the change had been dismissed as unrelated to any health concern. Mozeliak's comments Wednesday naturally cast a different light, although the team executive added the prognosis from team trainers was positive and the hope was the stiffness was "not something that lingers for a week or two." For the time being, Mikolas still appears set for a side session at some point this coming weekend, although those plans are naturally subject to change.
Mikolas, who was scratched from a scheduled simulated game appearance Monday, won't pitch again until a weekend side session, Zachary Silver of MLB.com reports. "I was probably a little early in announcing that he was going to throw in a sim game," manager Mike Shildt said. "We schedule a lot of things, and I mention a lot of times, it's just fluid. Fluid for a lot of different reasons, none of which are overly problematic."
There was some speculation as to whether Mikolas might have suffered a setback with his previously injured flexor tendon when Monday's sim game appearance was nixed, but Shildt explained it was simply part of a strategy to give the veteran right-hander some extra down time between throwing sessions. Mikolas threw to live hitters Thursday, so pushing him back until this coming weekend, when he'll throw a bullpen, will afford him more than a week's rest.
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