Ottavino says he’s ready to go

St. Louis Cardinals rookie pitcher Adam Ottavino wants a chance

to pitch the final week after rehabbing from a shoulder injury

rather than undergo surgery.

Ottavino threw 30 pitches from the mound in a pre-game workout

and hoped to be available in the bullpen. After seeking a second

opinion, he opted for rehab rather than undergo a procedure that

could have sidelined him for 10 months.

Ottavino has been on the 15-day disabled list since early July.

The team initially had announced that Ottavino, 0-2 with an 8.46

ERA in five games including three starts, would undergo

season-ending surgery.

Manager Tony La Russa said Ottavino’s progress was encouraging,

and he could use a pitcher now that the team is without Adam

Wainwright and Blake Hawksworth. Wainwright has been shut down due

to a right forearm strain and Hawksworth was struck in the face by

a line drive Saturday in Chicago.

But the manager said he’d wait to see how Ottavino, the team’s

first-round pick in 2006, feels the next few days.