Just when the St. Louis Cardinals went ice cold with the bats, their best bullpen arm gets injured. Jordan Hicks has a torn UCL in his throwing arm, the team announced on Monday.
The Cardinals’ closer has reached 105 MPH on his fastball, and this is a likely factor of the injury. Of course, the first thought is Tommy John surgery, but this isn’t always the case. Pitchers like Masahiro Tanaka and Ervin Santana have had torn UCL’s that didn’t require surgery.
The #STLCards announced today that closer Jordan Hicks has a torn lunar collateral ligament (UCL), a diagnosis that often leads to Tommy John surgery. Release says the team is determining the next course of action.
— Mark Saxon (@markasaxon) June 24, 2019
Hicks left Saturday’s game against the Angels after feeling discomfort in his triceps. Yadier Molina, the Cardinals’ catcher noticed that Hicks had been trying to stretch his arm out. Molina went out for a mound visit, and ended up calling the training staff out to check on Hicks, which led him to exit the game in the ninth. Hicks has a 3.14 ERA and 14 saves. The Cardinals are deciding on what the next move will be for their closer.
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