ST. LOUIS -- Kevin Siegrist described his left shoulder as "better" after testing it during a game of catch from a distance of 120 feet on Thursday. He said, though, that he does not expect to resume throwing off the mound until all symptoms from the nerve-related issue are gone.
"It's progress, definitely," Siegrist said after the throw. "It's just retraining that nerve so that I can throw again."
This shoulder discomfort, which Siegrist also dealt with briefly in Spring Training, is unrelated to the forearm strain that landed him on the disabled list last month. He has recovered from that injury and would have already been out on a Minor League rehab assignment had his shoulder not begun to bother him.
Siegrist will need to throw at least one side session here in St. Louis before the Cardinals would consider sending him out to an affiliate.
"I'm just taking it day by day based on how I feel," Siegrist said. "I just want to make sure I'm 100 percent before I go out there."
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