Lynn moving past hip flexor strain, expects to start next week

Right-hander threw extended bullpen session Friday without an issue

Lynn moving past hip flexor strain, expects to start next week

JUPITER, Fla. -- After throwing an extended bullpen session without issue on Friday, right-hander Lance Lynn said he intends to get back into his normal daily spring routine with an eye on making his next Grapefruit League start next week.

Lynn, who made an early exit from his start last weekend due to a left hip flexor strain, went through his normal pregame warmup and then pitched a simulated inning with bullpen coach Blaise Ilsley standing in as a hitter. It was more laborious than the normal bullpen session he'd make between starts, but the volume of pitches Lynn threw made up for the fact that he missed his scheduled spring start on Friday.

"Everything felt good like we figured it would," Lynn said afterward. "Everything was loose and where I wanted it. … I got my throws in that I needed to, and was able to work on what I wanted to. And now, I'll do normal rest and a normal routine from here on out."

Lynn's level of concern about this setback has been low from the get-go. He would not have changed his program at all had the Cardinals' staff not stepped in and told him to take it easy for two days. With the Cardinals' starting pitching plans laid out through Tuesday and an off-day ahead on Wednesday, Lynn could make his next start as early as Thursday.

He said he will throw another bullpen session in a few days to prepare for that start.

Assuming Lynn is able to return to Grapefruit League action next week, he would likely make three more starts before the regular season opens. He has no concerns about being ready for the team's opening series in Chicago.

"With the timing that we had and all that, it was the right move to wait a couple days to make sure everything was right," Lynn said. "And when it's all said and done, I only missed one bullpen [session]. Hitters are hitters. I've already faced hitters three times. Backing off for a few days isn't going to hurt anything."

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