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Matheny: Taveras ready for debut after extensive drills, healing time

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(BaseballStL) -- The Cardinals have said for several days now they would not put top outfield prospect in games until he was 100 percent healthy.  Well, Friday he's in the lineup and playing right field.  

That means he's good enough to go.

“[Taveras] looked good yesterday," Mike Matheny said. "We've been showing him a lot of video [of himself] and he was doing things that I don't think even he realized. Yesterday he focused on getting a good jump as if he was stealing a base and actually hitting 3rd base with his right foot.  It just looked like everything responded well." 

The video was taken of him doing drills in Fort Myers before the Cardinals and Twins game got rained out.

"It was mostly used to show him because he didn't feel like he was favoring (his foot)," Matheny said. "Most of us have been there where in our mind's eye everything seems completely normal then you show a little bit of the favoring and how you're stutter stepping to stay away.  It let him know what was concerning us."

Matheny says Taveras will likely play in the corners (left and right field) during spring training.  They also brought him to Port St. Lucie, as opposed to letting him stay back home and face the Marlins, so Matheny could get an up close look at him.


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