Here is the latest update on all of the injured Cardinals who are currently on the DL
Diaz is progressing nicely from his broken thumb, which he suffered last Sunday (7/31/16). This week, Diaz will start working out again in the Cardinals’ spring training complex in Jupiter, Florida. The time table with this injury remains up in the air based on how quickly the fracture heals. However, best case, Diaz should be back in St. Louis by the first week of September.
Today, Lyons will be heading to Chicago to see a specialist after getting placed on the DL last Wednesday (8/3/16) with a right knee injury. The Cardinals medical staff have labeled the injury as a stress fracture in his femur. Currently, Lyons is on crutches and will likely be on them for at least 4 weeks. There is no real time table for his return, pending the results from the specialist. However, the Cardinals will definitely be considered lucky if Lyons pitches by the middle of September.
Rosenthal is about one week from resuming throwing, according to Cardinals team doctors. Rosenthal was sent to the DL with right shoulder inflammation (7/26/16). Once he begins throwing, he will likely need one week for his rehab assignment. Hopefully he will be back in St. Louis by the end of August.
Pena is currently catching some sessions at the team’s complex in Jupiter, Florida; however, he is still feeling discomfort in his left knee, which was inflammed when he was placed on the DL (7/6/16). Recently, he received a cortisone injection, according to Jennifer Langosch. Having spent two extended shifts on the DL and with Alberto Rosario providing value as as backup catcher, the Cardinals are in no rush with Pena unless he is 100% healthy. We likely won’t see him until the middle of September.
Having gone completely under the radar since Spring Training, Cardinals fans recently got an update that Walden is in fact alive and progressing well from a right shoulder strain. Walden threw his fifth bullpen session on Friday and claims that he is pushing for a September return.
If he does in fact make it back to the team this season, he will provide a huge lift to this Cardinals team which desperately needs a kick start. Let’s not forget: Walden was one of the best pitchers in Spring Training. In 8 innings, he only gave up 5 hits and 0 runs.