Mitchell Boggs has already been through a lot this season, going from setup man to closer to Triple-A to setup man again, and now he’ll try to pitch the final two months with a bulging disk in his lower back.
Boggs told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that doctors advised him to “do a couple more exercises and make sure everything stays strong and stays straight back there.”
He also admitted that the back injury has bothered him since last season and caused him to miss some time during spring training, forcing him to receive a cortisone injection.
All of which makes his 3.16 ERA and 38/14 K/BB ratio in 43 innings even more impressive. Beefing up the bullpen at the trade deadline could make it easier for the Cardinals to ease up on Boggs’ workload, but manager Tony La Russa told Goold: “He’s good to go. As long as he does those exercises religiously, he should be OK.”