Randal Grichuk “ahead of schedule” in recovery from hernia surgery

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Per the Cardinals’ official Twitter, outfielder Randal Grichuk said he is “ahead of schedule” in his recovery from hernia surgery. He underwent the procedure in December but the Cardinals are expecting him to be ready for the start of spring training next month. Grichuk added¬†that he is at a physical therapy facility every day.

Grichuk, 24, broke out last season, batting .276/.329/.548 with 17 home runs, 47 RBI, and 49 runs scored in 350 plate appearances. However, he spent a month on the disabled list between April 17 and May 15 due to a lower back strain and spent another month on the DL between August 17 and September 6 with a strained right elbow.

Grichuk is slated to start every day in center field for the Cardinals heading into the 2016 season.