Harris posted Tuesday on his personal Instagram account that he was released by the Cardinals.
Harris, who underwent Tommy John surgery last June, opened the season with Triple-A Memphis. He made just two appearances in the Pacific Coast League before hitting the 7-day disabled list in April, and the Cardinals concluded soon thereafter that the 31-year-old didn't have a future in the organization. It's possible that Harris' elbow still isn't back to full strength following the surgery, so it wouldn't be surprising if he sat out the rest of the season and attempted to land a minor-league deal with another organization this winter.
Harris was reassigned to minor league camp Saturday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
Although he's only about nine months removed from Tommy John surgery, Harris was able to make a pair of Grapefruit League appearances this spring. It's uncertain if he will start the season on time with a full-season affiliate.
Harris (elbow) made his first appearance of the spring Tuesday, giving up two runs on three hits in an inning of work.
The right-hander also walked a batter and struck out another. Harris underwent elbow surgery in June of last season, but it seems that he finally reached the end of his lengthy rehab process. This is a rather inauspicious start, and he'll need to improve things quickly if he wants to grab a spot on the major league roster to start the season.
Harris is eight months removed from an alternative procedure that essentially repaired, rather than replaced, his damaged elbow ligament. He was one of the first players to have this Tommy John alternative done, and it could salvage his 2017 season, as the procedure cuts down recovery time a good amount. After missing all of last year with the elbow injury, the 31-year-old threw live batting practice Monday and could enter a Grapefruit League game by the end of the week if all goes well. It seems he is rehabbing well from the procedure and will now look to prove himself for the coming season.
Harris did not pitch last season after having the ligament in his right elbow repaired, although contrary to previous reports, he did not require a full reconstruction or Tommy John surgery. The 31-year-old finally made his major league debut in 2015, generating a 2-1 record, 3.67 ERA and 1.59 WHIP over 27 innings. He'd been rehabbing along with the major league pitchers for several weeks, and will now look to demonstrate his readiness for the coming season during spring training.
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