McClellan looking forward to return to mound

McClellan looking forward to return to mound

WASHINGTON -- Kyle McClellan has no doubts about how he'll pitch when he returns from the disabled list on Wednesday. A little curiosity, sure. But no worries.

McClellan has been sidelined for two weeks because of a left hip flexor strain that he suffered in the Cardinals' May 30 loss to San Francisco. He's made some adjustments to take strain off of his hip -- primarily moving from the third-base side of the pitching rubber to the first-base side. So he can't help wondering how that will affect his pitching. But he's fully confident the results will be good.

"Based on what I've done in the bullpen, I'm confident with it," McClellan said. "There were a couple different things we were going to try to do, and really, I just moved on the rubber and let everything else happen. I can't worry about this, that and the other. Just moving on the rubber really takes all the thinking out of it and now I just have to pitch."

McClellan scarcely stopped throwing as a result of the injury. Within a couple of days after he was hurt, he was throwing off a mound, working on the adjustments. That gives him and the team confidence that he'll be sharp upon his return, and able to go deep into a game.

"I don't expect anything different," he said. "I expect to continue what I, for the most part, was doing. I don't expect any limitations by any means."