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Injured St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams sports patriotic stickers in the dugout during a game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Diego Padres on Saturday, July 4, 2015, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Photo by Chris Lee, clee@post-dispatch.com

Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams, who was thought to be making progress in his rehabilitation from right quadriceps surgery, said he had a minor setback during drills in Jupiter, Fla., last week, and is back in St. Louis to be treated and to continue his rehabilitation. This time he felt some tightness in his left quadriceps. 

Adams said, “We’re back to taking it day by day. It’s nothing too serious. Just running the bases, it got kind of sore.

“It’s something we’ve got to take care of before it gets out of control and we’ll revisit it whenever the time’s ready and get back, hopefully, in time to play some games. That was the goal.

“It’s disappointing but stuff happens. You’ve got to have a good mindset with it and know it’s nothing too serious and I’ll be able to get back before the year’s over.”

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said, “We’re just trying to get that (left leg) to feel as good as his surgically repaired leg now.

“Sometimes you have setbacks which put you back a bit, but he’s still moving forward very well. Something just didn’t feel right. It wasn’t anything huge. It was just something you’ve got to slow down for.”

Center fielder Randal Grichuk, who has a muscle strain and ligament sprain in his right elbow, hit indoors in the cage for the first time since he was hurt Aug. 16 and plans to do so again Tuesday.

“It felt good,” said Grichuk, who expects to start throwing later in the week. “(But) I didn’t feel anything hitting when I hurt it.”

Grichuk said he expected to be playing before the season was over.

Matheny, talking about injured outfielder Matt Holliday, who is recovering from a second quadriceps strain, said, “He’s continuing to push a little further with his running. There’s a percentage that he’s at. But he’s moving well.”

Reliever Jordan Walden, who has been out since late April with shoulder problems, has begun playing catch again and hopes to be throwing off a mound by the end of the week.

“I’m getting closer,” said Walden, who said he still thought he could pitch before the end of the season.

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Rick Hummel is a Cardinals beat writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.