Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cortisone Is No Shot in Arm for Zeile

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cortisone Is No Shot in Arm for Zeile

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Todd Zeile found out one thing about his irksome left wrist injury Saturday: Cortisone was not the answer.

A better understanding of the ailment will lie in a Magnetic Resonance Imaging exam to be done Monday morning in St. Louis. The Cardinals had thought about flying Zeile back earlier if the testing could be done Sunday, but Zeile instead will return with the club after the final Florida exhibition game against the Chicago White Sox.

"It's not good," Zeile said Saturday after the Cardinals rallied to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4. In four at-bats, all of them futile, Zeile struck out twice. For the spring, he is 0 for 13 with six strikeouts. He received a cortisone shot Friday.

"I've got to get more aggressive," he said. "But I've got to take care of (the wrist) and get it better. Take time, instead of making it worse."

Manager Joe Torre expressed concern afterward. "It's not great," he said. "You want to get it well."

General manager Walt Jocketty said he didn't consider the problem major - yet.

"Until they come up with some definitive answer, I'm not going to be concerned about it," Jocketty said. "We'll keep testing and see what the results are."

Allen Battle, the impressive rookie outfielder, had three hits and scored twice Saturday, and bench players Scott Hemond and Darnell Coles drove in key runs. Most of the regulars either didn't hit or were rested.

The Cardinals used five pitchers to subdue the Pirates, with four relievers each working a scoreless inning after Danny Jackson allowed all four runs in the first five innings.

Pitching coach Mark Riggins and Torre figure that five pitchers might be needed to win some games early in the season.

Though the Florida part of the exhibition season has been limited to 10 games with one remaining Sunday, Riggins is familiar with the drill. He has been in the minor-league system with the Cardinals until this year. "This is just like a minor-league spring training to me," he said. "The pitchers have about the same time, three weeks, before they start the season. …

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