Ottavino will not pitch in Majors this season

Ottavino will not pitch in Majors this season

ST. LOUIS -- Adam Ottavino is progressing well in his recovery from a shoulder injury, but the right-hander will not pitch in a Major League game this year. Manager Tony La Russa said Sunday that it just doesn't make sense to take any chances with the rookie.

Ottavino, the Cardinals' first-round Draft pick in 2006, made five appearances before being sidelined with a shoulder injury. It was initially thought that he would require surgery, but he's come along extremely well with a non-surgical rehabilitation.

Although he's throwing on the side now, La Russa said Sunday that he will not appear in games this year.

"Absolutely not," the manager said. "I don't know what that serves, except risk. He's out there pitching under control. He goes in a big league game and starts to air it out, he's not conditioned to do it."