The Cardinals' hopes of improving their bullpen from within have take a major blow.
Eduardo Sanchez, who had a 2-1 record with a 1.88 ERA in 28 2/3 innings earlier this season, has been on the shelf for more than a month with shoulder issues. In the middle of a rehab stint at Class AA Springfield, he's had a recurrence of pain and inflamation in the joint has been shut down for at least another month and a half.
Best case scenario, Sanchez is out until the end of August. But when multiple months have passed a problem still persists I start to wonder if just hoping it will go away is the best course of action. While elbows are often straightened out by medical help, as Mark Mulder proved, shoulders can be a much trickier problem. I hope this is just a tendonitis issue or something similar as opposed to structural damage.