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Siegrist back from rehab, on verge of activation

Siegrist back from rehab, on verge of activation

ST. LOUIS -- While the Cardinals won't make the final decision until Wednesday, general manager John Mozeliak said it's "a real possibility" that left-hander Kevin Siegrist will be activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to the Cardinals' series finale against the Rays.

Siegrist rejoined the Major League team on Tuesday, one day after he threw 27 pitches in a 1 1/3-inning rehab appearance for Double-A Springfield. That was Siegrist's fifth rehab outing and accomplished the final thing (pitching an inning-plus) that the Cardinals have on his rehab checklist. He previously threw in back-to-back games.

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During his time with Springfield, Siegrist scattered four hits and three walks in 4 2/3 scoreless innings. He struck out three. He saw improved command of his pitches each time out.

"At first, it was just trying to find the zone," Siegrist said. "Once I found the zone, every time I went out, it was easier to perform."

Siegrist was sidelined by a left forearm injury on May 24, and was later set back by a nerve issue that created shoulder discomfort.

"This was a shocker to me," Siegrist said of the length of recovery. "Everything just kept spiraling a little bit. But I got everything under control, and it feels good. I couldn't wait to get back. It was probably the most frustrating thing I could go through. You just want to get back and help the team out any way you can."

The Cardinals did not consider activating him on Tuesday because they wanted him to get a full day of rest after Monday's extended outing.

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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