JUPITER, Fla. -- Still a participant in all non-throwing Spring Training activities, Jordan Swagerty will not be returning to the mound in the immediate future. The Cardinals have not specified how long they expect triceps stiffness to sideline Swagerty, but the club is going to exercise extreme caution given how much time remains between now and the start of the Minor League season.
Swagerty first notified the training staff of some stiffness after his Feb. 19 bullpen session. The 22-year-old right-hander skipped his next schedule throwing session before taking the mound again on Feb. 23. He said there was actually less stiffness during that latter session, but the Cardinals haven't let him on a mound since.
"There's no reason to push him right now," manager Mike Matheny said. "He's certainly a young talent in the organization, and if we continue to push him just so he can impress the big league staff, it's going to stunt his growth overall. We're going to go real slow with him."
Tests revealed no structural damage in Swagerty's arm.
"They haven't given me an exact day that I'm going to be on the mound," Swagerty said. "It's just day by day until they tell me I'm OK to go. It's just a little bit of a waiting game for the next few days."
Swagerty, who is in camp as a non-roster invitee, is expected to begin the year as a starter with one of the Cardinals' Minor League affiliates.