ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals reliever Eduardo Sanchez is pleased with his progress as he attempts to return from a right shoulder injury. Sanchez is throwing freely and without pain, and has thrown off a mound twice this week.
On Thursday, he played catch on flat ground, slinging the ball easily. Sanchez said he's still feeling good when he throws. He has not pitched in a Major League game since June 12.
"I keep going in the work and see how it reacts," he said. "The next few days I'll throw a couple more sides."
Sanchez estimated that he is throwing at about 60 to 70 percent effort when he pitches off the mound, and in each session he's thrown roughly 25-30 pitches. He hopes to get into a game of some sort within the next two weeks.