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Jordan Hicks (elbow) threw a bullpen session on Saturday. Cardinals’ Manager Mike Shildt said that Hicks is “feeling good.”
Hicks is still recovering from Tommy John surgery and will reportedly start the season on the injured list. Even though Hick was feeling good during the bullpen session, “Shildt hadn’t heard more about how the session went when he talked to reporters after Saturday’s workout.” Hicks is expected to play a key role out of the Cardinals’ bullpen when he returns to action.
Mike Shildt announced on Wednesday that Jordan Hicks will not be ready for Opening Day.
Hicks has progressed nicely after undergoing Tommy John surgery in June of last year, but he won't be ready to start the 2020 season. Shildt did say he expects Hicks to contribute this season, just not right away. The 23-year-old will reportedly open the season on the injured list. He'll look to get back quickly and put his 100+ mph fastball in action and get back to closing games for the Cardinals.
Jordan Hicks (elbow) could return from Tommy John surgery shortly after the MLB season starts. He will play a key role out of the bullpen, per Cardinals' President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak.
"Given the circumstances of the season, the likelihood of his being able to contribute are a lot different than had it been a normal year," Mozeliak said. "There is some optimism that if we do have a season, he'll have some way of being a key member of it, said Mozeliak. It was reported that he was throwing 30-pitch bullpen sessions during off-season to ramp up his pitch count. Hicks is 13 months removed from Tommy John surgery and is expected to be a key member of the Cardinals' bullpen once the season starts. The Cardinals could be cautious with their reliever in the beginning, but there is a chance he could close games in the near future. Hicks is currently 260 among all pitchers in the latest expert consensus rankings.
Jordan Hicks (elbow) has advanced to throwing 30-pitch bullpens.
Hicks is reportedly throwing at a "moderate" intensity according to Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak. The 23-year-old underwent Tommy John surgery last June but should be ready to face hitters if/when the MLB season resumes this summer. St. Louis will have to be careful with him but there is a real chance Hicks could see save chances by the end of the year if all goes well.
The Cardinals officially placed Jordan Hicks on the 10-day injured list on Tuesday.
Hicks was diagnosed with a torn UCL yesterday, which means he's likely headed for Tommy John surgery. It's worth noting, however, that the Cardinals haven't announced what course of actions Hicks will take. Carlos Martinez and John Gant are expected to see save chances in his absence.