Linebrink was close to heading out on a Minor League rehab assignment when he had to be shut down. Since then, he has continued strength and stretching exercises and is now just waiting on the Cardinals' training staff to clear him to play catch.
"I was hoping when this all started that I would be back by May," Linebrink said of the recovery process. "We want to make sure we have all that inflammation out before we start, because the last time really showed us that trying to push through this is not really the answer. They want to make sure we have all that behind us."
It's unlikely, now, that Linebrink will be ready to pitch in St. Louis this month. He'll return to throwing on flat ground first, after which he'll throw a series of bullpen sessions in St. Louis. The Cardinals will then send him out on a Minor League rehab assignment, during which he will need to make several appearances before rejoining the Cards' bullpen.