Not very encouraging news about Clement.
In all honesty, I will be surprised if he's ready for opening day," Duncan said. "And I'm not too sure even if he is ready, we wouldn't likely have him compete somewhere else just to get him in the swing of things. … He's behind. How far? Don't know yet."
The concern for his arm strength does not signal a setback in his physical condition, but a change in his rehab schedule. Instead of throwing bullpen sessions every other day, he will sub in a long-toss day. He'll throw one Thursday, take the mound Saturday, and then long-toss Monday. The Cardinals plan to re-evaluate him after a week.