JUPITER, Fla.- The last Saturday game of Spring Training ended in several small injuries for the Cardinals, however there is little concern for long-term problems.
Starting pitcher Lance Lynn on March 25 left after one inning of play with a pinch in his back. Although Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reported that the pain was alleviated with a chiropractic adjustment, Lynn remained benched for precautionary reasons.
John Gant replaced Lynn, however only lasted a single inning as well. Returning back to the mound, he felt tightness in his groin and did not finish his warm up pitches.
In a statement reported by Langosch, Gant said, “I don’t think it’s anything too serious. I’m optimistic about it being a speedy recovery.” He will be re-evaluated on Sunday to determine how long he will be sidelined.
In the fourth, Jhonny Peralta fouled a pitch off his left knee, sending him off for X-rays. The results were negative. While swollen, he is expected to return to play after a day of rest.
The Cardinals have done well avoiding major injury thus far, however need to make sure these small injuries do not become nagging ones during the long MLB regular season.