Ailing Siegrist likely out for remainder of playoffs

Ailing Siegrist likely out for remainder of playoffs

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals will play the National League Championship Series with a roster of 11 pitchers, one fewer than the club carried in its Division Series matchup against the Dodgers.

If St. Louis moves past the Giants to advance to the World Series and reconsiders fortifying its pitching staff, lefty reliever Kevin Siegrist is not expected to be under consideration for a future add.

Following the Cardinals' rain-shortened workout at Busch Stadium on Friday, Siegrist said he has now not thrown in 12 days and is unsure when that clearance will come from the team's medical staff. He remains bothered by left forearm tightness, the same injury that knocked him to the disabled list back in May.

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"It's only going to get better with rest," Siegrist said. "I'm just staying in the training room, trying to get better. This is a day-by-day thing. I'm just doing what they tell me to do."

Asked about the possibility of getting himself ready to make a push for a World Series roster spot, Siegrist answered: "I wouldn't think so."

Assuming this is the end of Siegrist's 2014 season, it will go down as a disappointing one. After allowing two runs in 39 2/3 innings as a rookie in 2013, Siegrist opened the season pegged as the team's lefty setup man. He fell out of that role, onto the DL, and upon returning, struggled so much that the Cardinals sent him back to Triple-A for two weeks in August.

Siegrist finished with a 6.82 ERA in 30 1/3 innings and a spot as a spectator in October.

"I definitely miss playing in it," Siegrist said.

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.