Wainwright, Jay both nearing return to action

Wainwright, Jay both nearing return to action

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- While two buses of players and staff members pulled out of the Cardinals' complex for the journey to Tuesday's road game, starter Adam Wainwright continued receiving his daily treatment for the abdominal strain that he has been nursing for nearly a month. He was then scheduled to throw off the mound.

Two days after facing hitters in a live batting practice session, Wainwright threw a bullpen session on Tuesday, and he expects to throw live BP later in week. Manager Mike Matheny did not detail what step would follow, though Wainwright had previously said that he expected to throw live BP once more before appearing in his first game. He could do that as early as Thursday.

Wainwright will not be considered game ready until he is cleared to resume running and can participate in fielding activities. He hoped to get that clearance as soon as this week.

"[We'll] just continue to kind of push him a little bit," Matheny said.

Center fielder Jon Jay also remained in Jupiter while the Cardinals have a two-day stay in central Florida. Jay was slowed early in camp after undergoing offseason wrist surgery, but he has been uninhibited with his swing work in recent days. Matheny said there's a possibility that Jay may make his first game appearance this week.

"If he can get things going [by next week]," Matheny said, "he's still right on track to be ready to go [for Opening Day]."

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