Sanchez to join Cards; role in 'pen uncertain

Sanchez to join Cards; role in 'pen uncertain

Sanchez to join Cards; role in 'pen uncertain
ST. LOUIS -- Eduardo Sanchez's next time pitching could be in a game for the Cardinals.

Sanchez faced hitters on Saturday and said Sunday morning that he came through the session feeling fine. Sanchez will accompany the Cardinals to Pittsburgh and Philadelphia and could pitch in one of the games on the upcoming trip. The rookie right-hander has not pitched in a game since June 12 due to a right shoulder injury.

However, manager Tony La Russa said Sunday that he's in no hurry to get Sanchez into a game.

Given the uncertainty surrounding Sanchez -- he didn't make any Minor League rehabilitation appearances -- the situation would have to be chosen carefully. The Cardinals are still in the hunt for a playoff spot, and it's no given that Sanchez is as sharp as he would need to be to pitch key innings in a pennant race.

So it's possible that Sanchez will continue to throw on the side and might not get into many (or even, possibly, any) games before the end of the season. Still, the Cardinals consider it a victory that he has rehabbed as far as he has and is healthy enough to face hitters.