Cards hurler Ottavino activated

Cards hurler Ottavino activated

ST. LOUIS -- A dearth of available pitching has led the Cardinals to reverse course on Adam Ottavino.

Initially, the club had hoped that Ottavino would not pitch the remainder of the season, preferring to rest him rather than risk a setback in his recovery from a shoulder injury. However, with the club short on available relievers, Ottavino was activated from the disabled list on Wednesday. He threw a simulated game on Tuesday and likely will not pitch before Saturday.

"I felt really good [this morning]," Ottavino said. "I wasn't expecting to feel bad, but I'm pleasantly surprised that it's even better than that."

Manager Tony La Russa had been extremely reluctant to activate Ottavino, but is concerned about how many innings his pitching staff can cover over the season's final five days.

"It's really a push, but even an inning or two, if you used him right, might help us win a game," La Russa said.