Cards not worried about Samuel's shoulder

Cards not worried about Samuel's shoulder

JUPITER, Fla. -- On Friday, a day after he was removed from the Cardinals' game against the Braves due to a shoulder injury, reliever Francisco Samuel expressed minimal worry over the condition. Samuel was pulled after coming down with some discomfort in the joint on Thursday in Orlando.

Teammate Jaime Garcia, translating for Samuel, told reporters that Samuel "pulled something on one pitch. He said he was throwing, and on one pitch he felt a little pull thing going on. He said he feels a lot better today. He's going to get it checked out."

Manager Tony La Russa also does not believe Samuel's condition to be particularly serious.

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"It's not surgical," La Russa said. "Looks like they've just got to rest and treat it."

Samuel was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Friday afternoon.