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Cardinals Taking it Slow with Oscar Taveras

Oscar Taveras at bat in 2013 Spring Training.
Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images

Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that the Cardinals are going to play in exhibition games until he's confident that his ankle is fully healed. Taveras missed a majority of last season with a right ankle injury, which ultimately required surgery. While he's doing baseball activities, he's not all of the way back.

"We watched him run yesterday. It seems like he was doing really well and he got fatigued," said manager Mike Matheny. "I think a lot of it is the confidence in his mind (about the ankle). He's not quite there.

"I think he told you guys he was about 80 percent. Eighty percent isn't going to work right now. But the medical staff seems pretty confident that it's pushing through the last little steps, more mentally than anything else.

"Once we feel confident that he's not holding anything back, then we can use him in the games."

Taveras is the Cardinals top prospect and considered one of the best prospects in the game. He spent last season at Triple A Memphis. There was a chance that he could make the big league club out of spring training; coming off missed time last season and being 80% right now, it appears a return to Memphis might be best for him right now.

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