Injuries & Moves: Knizner departs after fouls hit mask

May 20th, 2022

Keep track of the Cardinals' recent transactions and injury updates throughout the season.

LATEST NEWS

May 19: C Andrew Knizner leaves game because of injury
Knizner was hit hard on the mask by two foul balls against the Mets and left the game in the fifth inning. He was replaced by Yadier Molina.

“I don’t have a full rundown yet,” manager Oliver Marmol said of Knizner. -- Bill Ladson

May 19: INF Nolan Gorman recalled
The Cardinals need to add another left-handed bat to the lineup, and Gorman fills that need. Gorman, the club’s No. 2 prospect and baseball’s No. 29 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, will be in the lineup Friday.

The No. 19 overall pick by the Cardinals in the 2018 MLB Draft, Gorman has hit .308 with 15 home runs and a 1.044 OPS through 34 games at Triple-A Memphis this year. He made the transition from third base to second base last year to speed up his rise to the Majors. -- Bill Ladson

May 19: LHP Matthew Liberatore recalled
Liberatore, who was drafted by Tampa Bay three picks before Gorman, came to St. Louis as part of the 2020 trade that sent Randy Arozarena to the Rays. The 6-foot-4 southpaw has posted a 3.99 ERA with 169 strikeouts in 164 2/3 innings at Triple-A since the start of the 2021 season. Liberatore, the Cardinals' No. 3 prospect and baseball's No. 39 prospect, has walked fewer than three batters per nine innings in each year. MLB Pipeline assigned an above-average grade to each of his four pitches -- fastball, slider, curveball and changeup. -- Bill Ladson

DAY TO DAY

2B Edmundo Sosa (left ankle strain)
Expected return: May 20
Sosa’s injury has improved, according to Cardinals skipper Oliver Marmol. The ankle didn’t stiffen up, but Sosa was still hobbling around the clubhouse on May 18. Marmol said Sosa should be ready to start May 20 against the Pirates.

Sosa left the May 18 game against the Mets after the fifth inning. He led off the fifth with a single off Mets right-hander Max Scherzer and was later thrown out trying steal second base. Sosa was able to play second base in the bottom of the fifth, but soon left and was replaced by Tommy Edman. -- Bill Ladson (Last updated: May 19)

INJURY UPDATES

10-day and 15-day IL

OF Tyler O’Neill (right shoulder impingement)
Expected return: Early June
The injury might explain O’Neill’s slow start. He is hitting .195 with two home runs and 20 RBIs in 32 games. -- Bill Ladson (Last updated: May 19)

60-day IL

RHP (right shoulder inflammation)
Expected return:
Early June
Flaherty, the Cardinals' Opening Day starter in 2020 and '21, remains on track in his recovery from shoulder inflammation. According to manager Oliver Marmol, Flaherty has a couple of bullpen sessions under his belt. So far, the sessions have been successful. Flaherty is able to mix his pitches without any problems.

Marmol said the team is excited about Flaherty's progress but will not speed up his return. Flaherty is expected to have at least two more bullpen sessions before the intensity builds up and he faces hitters in a live bullpen session. If everything goes well, Flaherty could then start a rehab assignment. – Bill Ladson (Last updated: May 19)

RHP Alex Reyes (right shoulder soreness)
Expected return:
TBD
Manager Oliver Marmol said on May 15 that the Cardinals are awaiting a second opinion on Reyes’ troublesome right shoulder following a bout with soreness after a recent throwing session. Reyes, who has not pitched this season, received a series of stem-cell injections in early March following an offseason of soreness in the labrum in his right shoulder. The Cardinals were hopeful that the injections, rest and a strengthening program might allow Reyes, 27, to avoid surgery. Now, the talented right-hander’s future of pitching again this season -- and possibly ever again -- could be in serious jeopardy.

“We’ll know more in the next couple of days,” Marmol said. “I believe the last thing he did [prior to experiencing soreness] was mound catch. Mound catch, not a full bullpen session. Very [discouraging] and I feel for the guy because he’s gone through a lot. Hopefully he comes out of this OK.”

Reyes, once considered to be the top pitching prospect in the Minor Leagues, has seen his career filled with injury-related stops and starts. He thought he was finally beyond those issues last season when he became a first-time NL All-Star. He converted his first 22 save opportunities before soreness and wildness in the strike zone resulted in him eventually losing his closer job to Giovanny Gallegos.

Reyes, who had recently been upbeat about the progress he was making, has spent this season around the Cardinals, doing his rehab work in St. Louis often before and after games. In parts of five seasons, Reyes has appeared in just 101 games -- seven as a starter. He is 16-11 with a 2.86 ERA while also adding in 31 saves in 36 opportunities in his MLB career. -- John Denton (Last updated: May 15)

Non 40-man

RHP (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return
: 2022
Newsome, who was claimed by the Cardinals at the end of October, underwent Tommy John surgery during the 2021 season and should be ready later in the 2022 season. Newsome was one of the 153 players invited to the Cardinals' Minor League Spring Training camp. Newsome continues to work his way back after last appearing in seven games in the 2021 season with the Mariners. -- John Denton (Last updated: March 16)