Is it time for fans in St. Louis to press the panic button on the Cardinals' most bruising bopper?
Due to lingering elbow soreness, slugger Paul Goldschmidt has been limited to a designated hitter's role throughout Spring Training. The 32-year-old veteran first disclosed the discomfort in his elbow almost a month ago, and what makes it so concerning is that it hasn't healed.
Cardinals manager Mike Shildt told reporters on Wednesday that Goldschmidt will be shut down for a few games, as the club looks to get to the bottom of the issue.
St. Louis has yet to indicate if Goldy's injury is anything severe, but it's pretty worrying that the six-time All-Star is dealing with the same ache that already limited him earlier in camp.
Cardinals fans can take solace in the fact that Goldschmidt, per Anne Rogers of MLB.com, underwent an MRI that didn't reveal ligament damage, but it would be foolish to think that assures his long-term health for the season.
When you consider that Goldschmidt's pain hasn't alleviated in almost four weeks, it would probably benefit St. Louis to get him reevaluated as soon as possible. Even though he's not a pitcher, you can't help but feel alarmed when the term "lingering" is paired with elbow soreness.
This is shaping up to be a bad sign for the Cards.