Pair of injured hurlers express optimism

Pair of injured hurlers express optimism

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals pitchers Brian Tallet and Bryan Augenstein both expressed optimism Tuesday regarding their recovery from injuries suffered last week in Arizona, but it appears that both pitchers will be out for more than the minimum 15 days.

The Cardinals placed both hurlers on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday, April 13, after both were injured the night before in a loss to the D-backs. Tallet suffered a broken bone in his right hand, while Augenstein has a strained right groin.

Tallet underwent surgery to place two screws in his right hand, a procedure he hopes will speed his recovery. He is able to play catch and expects to throw off a mound soon, because the injury is to his non-throwing hand.

"The surgery went well, the screws are in place, the bone is where it needs to be," Tallet said. "So now it's just a matter of the healing process and just making it safe enough for me to go out on the field and protect myself and be able to be effective without having to worry about whether a ball is going to be hit at me."

Augenstein has not begun playing catch and still displays something of a limp when he walks in the clubhouse. His timetable, like Tallet's, is uncertain.

"It's going to depend on how my leg keeps responding," he said. "I haven't really tested it yet. I don't think they really want me to yet. So it's probably going to be a little bit more."