Outfielder Cody Haerther’s Extended Spring Training stay has been curtailed, but for a very good reason. The 23-year-old is expected to join the Springfield Cardinals on Tuesday. Even so, Haerther has some catching up to do.
After being added to the Cardinals’ 40-man roster in December, Haerther also received the requisite invitation to his initial Major League camp this spring. However, an injury in the first exhibition game against Florida Atlantic University quickly turned the excitement to concern. Haerther’s injury, originally described as a mild wrist sprain, was diagnosed as frayed ligaments in his wrist following a trip to a specialist and an MRI.
Haerther missed two weeks of Cardinals Grapefruit League games before being reassigned to minor league camp on March 12. There, he had nine at-bats before going onto Springfield’s disabled list due to a recurrence of the injury. He remained in Florida for his rehabilitation.
So, in a way, Extended Spring Training was like regular Spring Training for our 12th-ranked Cardinals prospect here at Scout.com. In EST, Haerther went 5-for-21 (.238) with a double, three runs scored, three walks and five strikeouts.
In Springfield, Haerther will be serving as a roster replacement for infielder Mike McCoy, who was promoted to the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds on Sunday.
I caught up with Haerther Monday afternoon as he was driving in his car from Florida to join up with his Springfield teammates in Little Rock.
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