Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Good News Arrives in Medical Reports

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Good News Arrives in Medical Reports

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The report on Dennis Eckersley's first throwing session off the mound Tuesday was that his ailing right elbow was "all right."

Nothing to get excited about then, one way or the other.

"It's better than it was," said the 42-year-old Eckersley. "I threw all fastballs - a lot of strikes. Now I've got to get some arm strength. "I should be all right. It's not that bad. It's just creaky. "I've got a month." Former Cardinals star Bob Gibson, watching Eckersley throw, said, "When you get to be about 35, you wonder if you can still throw. Is it going to still be there? You wonder till the season starts, and then you find, `Well, it was all for nothing.' But I'm sure he's wondering." The medical reports on other injured Cardinals came back with no red flags. Righthander T.J. Mathews will be out of workouts only a day or so after taking a line drive hit by Micah Franklin off his right foot Monday. Lefthander Danny Jackson will be unable to make his scheduled start Friday at Tampa, Fla., against the New York Yankees after being nailed on the left elbow Monday by a line drive. Jackson will rest for at least another day. The exam on lefthander Lance Painter's elbow showed only tendinitis, and the former Colorado Rockies pitcher should be throwing within a couple of days. Mathews said he was quite concerned when he was hit. "When I took the shoe off and saw how swollen it was, I was really worried. I thought for sure it was broken, but it was all right," he said. Jackson was able to extend his elbow over his head Tuesday, less than 24 hours after being hit. "Yesterday, I couldn't even lift my hand," he said. Asked if he thought pitchers should have a screen every time they throw batting practice, he said, "You just can't throw them down the middle of the plate, that's all. You throw them down the middle of the plate, and you're history. …

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