Rzepczynski slated to return Thursday

JUPITER, Fla. -- The Cardinals' cadre of walking wounded seems, for the most part, to be progressing.

Reliever Marc Rzepczynski, who has battled left biceps discomfort, is slated to return to the mound on Thursday against the Yankees. Rzepczynski hasn't pitched since Friday. Meanwhile, outfielder Carlos Beltran returned from a bruised right toe to play for Team Puerto Rico in an exhibition game on Wednesday.

Rafael Furcal met with Dr. James Andrews to discuss his injured right elbow on Wednesday, but as of late Wednesday afternoon the club had not heard any word as to the results of that visit. Otherwise, though, the news was mostly good.

And manager Mike Matheny expressed optimism regarding lefty reliever Sam Freeman, who has experienced discomfort in his throwing shoulder.

"Everything structurally came out just fine, which is great news," Matheny said of Freeman. "The way it was explained to me is just some inflammation, so we're going to try and stay on top of it and get him cleared up. They didn't know what they were going to find, but everything came back good."

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