(Busch Stadium) After being forced out of last night’s game with a triceps issue, the St. Louis Cardinals are remaining optimistic about closer Jordan Hicks.
“Looks like everybody feels good about the fact there’s just some tendinitis and some swelling in his triceps that we used some medication to get out,” Manager Mike Shildt said. “Clearly need a little bit of down time, but really confident from the doctors and the medical team that it’s nothing related to anything structural.”
Hicks was in line for his 15th save of the season last night, but felt some tightness after recording the second out of the inning. An off-day tomorrow and on Thursday allows for some extra down time, or the Cardinals could retroactively place Hicks on the Injured List.
“We’d definitely consider it, but we don’t feel like we have to do it just to do it,” Shildt said. “If he can get back to pitch Wednesday or even Friday. If we’re thinking it may run into next weekend, we’d obviously consider it so we wouldn’t play short and be considerate to him. That’s not where we’re at the moment, but that can always change.”
Hicks shared that he had some additional tightness in the triceps today, but that was to be expected being farther removed from last night’s game.
As for who will step into the closer role in Hicks’ absence, expect a committee approach.
“Not everybody’s available everyday, so it’s not in a silo,” Shildt reminded. “Based on availability, will be based on how the end of the game looks. Miles is capable of getting the last out. I think we’ve demonstrated, though. Carlos has closed games recently, Andrew Miller has a history of doing it, and John Gant has been into the game so it’s about availability. The good news is, we have flexibility.”
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