Torn UCL for Hicks

After initially being diagnosed with triceps tendinitis, the St. Louis Cardinals have announced closer Jordan Hicks has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. The findings come after an MRI examination today.

Hicks was removed from Saturday’s game after throwing 1.1 innings and described a tightness in his triceps.

“I just felt it in like the back of the triceps area, my last couple of throws,” Hicks said then. “It’s kind of just like a pull, almost.”

The 22-year old Hicks said he passed initial tests on his elbow after the game, which led to the triceps tendinitis designation and optimism that he could recover in a few days.

“I struck out Mike Trout, that’s pretty cool,” said Hicks, who was upbeat at the time. “I don’t think he was expecting slider. Pujols, that was a good AB, nice little ovation for him…It was a pretty cool experience.”

The Cardinals are still in the process of determining the next course of action, but one of the more common fixes for pitchers with a torn UCL is “Tommy John surgery”, named after the pitcher who underwent the procedure in 1974.

This season Hicks is 2-2 with a 3.14 ERA and team-leading 14 saves in his 29 games. He has struck out 31 batters in his 28.2 innings of work.

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