Injuries & Moves: Hicks shaky in latest rehab outing

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June 29: Jordan Hicks' rehab outing doesn't go as planned
Hicks gave up five earned runs on five hits in one inning in an outing at Triple-A Memphis that could be his last before being activated from the IL.

The big blow was a three-run homer by Luis Aviles Jr.

Hicks, who was pitching in the second of back-to-back appearances, struck out one, didn’t walk anyone and 15 of his 22 pitches were strikes. -- Joe Harris

June 29: 2B Nolan Gorman out for second straight game with bruised left hand
Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said he hopes with an off-day Thursday that Gorman will be able to return when the team starts a three-game series in Philadelphia against the Phillies on Friday night.

“He's gonna continue to get treatment on it and then maybe try to take some swings today, see how that feels,” Marmol said. “But yesterday, it was still a little painful.”

Gorman bruised the hand fouling a ball off during Monday’s game. The rookie is hitting. 254 with six home runs and 17 RBIs.

Marmol said X-rays were negative. -- Joe Harris

INJURY UPDATES

10-day and 15-day IL

RHP Jordan Hicks (strained right forearm flexor)
Expected return:
Early July
Hicks threw for the second night in a row June 29 at Triple-A Memphis but gave up five runs in one inning. He could join the Cardinals on their July 1-7 road trip either in Philadelphia or Atlanta.

In a June 28 game, Hicks threw one inning (23 pitches) and allowed one run on one hit with a walk and a strikeout to five batters faced.

Hicks hit the IL on May 26, retroactive to May 25. He is 1-4 with a 5.02 ERA in his first season as a starter but is expected to come out of the bullpen when he returns. -- Joe Harris (Last updated: June 29)

LHP Steven Matz (left shoulder impingement)
Expected return: July
Matz had a successful outing in his first rehab start at Triple-A Memphis on June 28. He threw 28 pitches over two innings, allowed a hit and struck out three.

He is scheduled for a second start July 2 and is expected to throw around 45 pitches.

Matz exited his May 22 start against the Pirates after only four pitches with stiffness in his left shoulder and hit the 15-day injured list the next day. Matz has dealt with shoulder inflammation periodically throughout his career.

He received his first cortisone shot May 27 and then another in June. -- Joe Harris (Last updated: June 29)

C Yadier Molina (right knee inflammation)
Expected return:
TBD
Prior to the start of the Cardinals' three-game series in Boston, the club announced that it had placed Molina on the 10-day injured list with right knee inflammation. The move is retroactive to June 16.

“He’s been dealing with a knee issue,” Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said. “He’s gotten injections, he’s gotten treatment. He’s done everything possible to stay on the field. There’s playing through pain, which I think he’s done for the last 30 years. And then there’s not being able to actually perform. It got to the point where it was too much.”

Molina is rehabbing in Puerto Rico and is able to work out more regularly but is not yet ready to return to baseball. -- John Denton (Last updated: June 28)

OF Tyler O'Neill (left hamstring strain)
Expected return: TBD
O'Neill's return trip to the injured list is unrelated to the right shoulder injury that forced him to the IL last month, but he was active for just 13 games before heading back on the shelf. O'Neill could head out on a rehab assignment to Triple-A Memphis early next week as long as his rehab continues to go well, according to manager Oliver Marmol. -- John Denton (Last updated: June 28)

RHP Jack Flaherty (right shoulder strain)
Expected return: TBD
Flaherty was placed on the 15-day IL on June 27 after dealing with a "dead arm" after pitching two innings in a June 26 game vs. the Cubs. It was just his third game back this season after dealing with inflammation in his right shoulder. -- John Denton (Last updated: June 27)

CF Harrison Bader (right foot plantar fasciitis)
Expected return: TBD
Bader was placed on the 10-day IL on June 27. Bader has been dealing with a heel/foot issue throughout the season. -- John Denton (Last updated: June 27)

LHP Génesis Cabrera (undisclosed)
Expected return: TBD
Cabrera was placed on the IL on June 25 with an undisclosed injury. -- Jeff Jones (Last updated: June 25)

RHP Drew VerHagen (right shoulder impingement)
Expected return: TBD
VerHagen was put on the IL on June 24 after coming in in the eighth inning of a June 23 game and giving up a single and back-to-back walks before being replaced.

VerHagen, a free-agent signee in the offseason, has a 3-1 record, but his ERA has spiked to 6.30 after giving up earned runs in five of his past seven outings. -- John Denton (Last updated: June 24)

LHP T.J. McFarland (COVID)
Expected return: TBD
Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said McFarland tested positive for COVID-19. -- John Denton (Last updated: June 22)

OF Corey Dickerson (strained left calf)
Expected return:
Late June
Dickerson should be in the lineup for Triple-A Memphis on June 21. He hit a home run June 16 but then missed the next three games with discomfort in his left calf.

Dickerson was placed on the 10-day IL on June 5, a day after straining his left calf when he was running from the dugout to right field before the bottom of the second inning. In that game, he had yet to come to the plate or field a ball in the outfield. -- John Denton (Last updated: June 20)

60-day IL

RHP Alex Reyes (right shoulder soreness)
Expected return:
TBD
Reyes met with Los Angeles orthopedist Dr. Neal ElAttrache on May 23 to get another opinion on his injured right shoulder. President of baseball operations John Mozeliak said the club expects Reyes to get surgery in the coming days but is awaiting final word from his latest consultation before offering any details. 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.

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.

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. -- Mark Saxon (Last updated: May 23)

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)