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(BaseballStL) -  It's been a couple days since Mike Matheny said the Cardinals wouldn't play top OF prospect Oscar Taveras until he was completely healthy in his rehab from an injured ankle. 

After ramping up the intensity of work with trainers the last few days the manager says they are still not quite ready to unleash the 21-year old.

"(Still) not going to do it," Mike Matheny said. "I'm going to stick with what I said early on.  Not until he's 100 percent and not holding back."

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Taveras continues to work with the trainers on getting confidence pushing off his injured and rehabbed ankle and not overcompensating which could lead to another injury down the road.  The Cardinals want to make sure that when Taveras does return, whenever that is, he's 100 percent ready to go and isn't leaving himself open to reinjuring it again. 

"They liked how he moved," Matheny said of the trainers. "They're going to continue on that program, push him with a lot of that movement stuff on that bad ankle to make sure it becomes second nature.  It's pretty standard with everyone when they've had an injury you so used to favoring, you get so used to using the other side predominantly it's hard to incorporate it back." 

Matheny offered no timetable as to when Taveras could play in game action.  It could be a few days, it could be a week, it could be longer.  But the more time he misses, the harder it gets for him to make an impression on the big league club to make the roster.

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