Cardinals’ outfielder Lars Nootbaar is making progress in his recovery from an oblique injury, according to Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol. Nootbaar has been participating in rotational work and may start swinging a bat again this weekend. However, the team plans to take a cautious approach and gradually reintroduce him to hitting, starting with tee work and soft-toss throws.

In addition to regaining his hitting form, Nootbaar will also need to demonstrate that he can run the bases and play the outfield without any discomfort or limitations. Since being placed on the injured list on May 31, Nootbaar has been working hard to get back to full strength. It is still expected to be a few more weeks before he is ready to rejoin the Cardinals roster.

Before making a return to the major league team, Nootbaar will likely need to complete a minor-league rehab assignment to ensure he is fully prepared for game action. The Cardinals are taking a cautious approach to his recovery to avoid any setbacks and ensure he is fully healthy before returning to the lineup.

Fans of the Cardinals will have to wait a little longer to see Nootbaar back in action, but the team is optimistic about his progress and looks forward to having him contribute on the field once again. In the meantime, Nootbaar will continue to work hard and follow the guidance of the team’s medical staff to ensure a successful return to play.