“Best-case scenario is probably just a couple more days before he starts playing catch, starts his bullpens again,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. “I can’t say that’s going to happen one way or the other.”
Mikolas said his arm felt “tender from time to time” last season, but he was able to manage it.
“I do not know what the full clinical term is,” Mikolas said. “I can tell you my elbow is a little sore.”
Shildt said the Cardinals hope to have a more concrete time frame for Mikolas to return to the mound in a day or two.
“Is he behind? Yeah, he’s behind,” Shildt said. “He’s not being able to get on the mound, but he’s still doing some of the things mentally and physically that he can do.”
Should Mikolas only need a couple of more days of rest, he expects a brief layoff wouldn’t significantly hamper his preparation for the season.
“I’ve already been throwing and throwing bullpens,” Mikolas said. “Once I feel good and get cleared to re-ramp back up, it shouldn’t be a super-long process.”
Mikolas signed with St. Louis prior to the…