ST. LOUIS -- Scott Linebrink, who has been battling right shoulder capsulitis (inflammation) for nearly a month, resumed throwing off the mound on Thursday. It's the latest step in the right direction for the right-hander, who hasn't pitched since Spring Training.
Linebrink threw 25 pitches -- all fastballs -- in the first of what is likely to be two or three bullpen sessions. The return to the mound followed about two weeks of throwing off flat ground.
"It's moving along," Linebrink said. "I'm not ready to get anybody out today, but I threw the 25 pitches and the ball is coming out pretty good. It's hard to know when you're in the depth of rehab how far along you are. I know I'm still working toward that goal, and I'm hoping it will come real soon."
Because of the extended absence, Linebrink is expected to eventually head out on a Minor League rehab assignment after he and the club are satisfied with his bullpen work. Appearing in a few Minor League games would allow Linebrink to face hitters before rejoining the Cardinals' bullpen.