Jordan Walden last pitched in April of 2015, and he has been out with a strained lat ever since. There had been hopes that he would begin a rehab assignment at the end of the 2016 season, but those plans never came to fruition. He'll now aim to return in 2017, but his health is a mystery. At his best, Walden is a lock-down reliever capable of striking out nearly 30 percent of the batters he faces and chucking fastballs over 95 miles per hour, but he's over a year removed from such form. If he does in fact return in 2017, Walden would be a late-round gamble with a high ceiling, capable of scooping up holds and strikeouts. However, prospective buyers with risk-aversion tendencies will likely want to look elsewhere, as Walden's return has been riddled with setbacks. He'll look to resurrect his career in Atlanta after signing a minor league deal with the Braves.
Walden (shoulder) agreed to a minor league contract with the Braves on Saturday that includes an invitation to spring training. Injuries plagued Walden's time in St. Louis -- he was limited to 12 appearances in 2015 due to a biceps injury and shoulder issues kept him off the mound entirely this past season. His health remains a question mark heading into the spring, but Walden has plenty of high-leverage experience and could eventually work into the setup mix if he gets back to full strength.
Walden did not show up for a recently-scheduled rehab assignment and has been shut down indefinitely, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Walden will see a doctor for another checkup, but it's looking highly unlikely he'll pitch again this season. A strained lat suffered all the way back in March will end up costing the 28-year-old reliever an entire season in the prime years of his career.
The Cardinals transferred Walden (lat) to the 60-day DL on Monday. Walden, who has been on the DL since April 3, will miss more time as he recovers from a Grade 2 lat strain. Walden has only pitched 10.1 innings between 2015 and 2016 because of injuries, so don't expect much even if he does come back this season.
Cardinals have transferred Walden to the 60-day DL on Monday. Walden, who has been on the DL since April 3, will miss more time as he recovers from a Grade 2 lat strain. Walden has only pitched 10.1 innings between 2015 and 2016 because of injuries, so don't expect much for Walden even if he does come back this season.
Walden has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 lat strain and is expected to miss a few months, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports. Walden had been projected as a middle reliever, but will join Mitch Harris on the disabled list to start the season. He had already been placed on the 15-day DL, but a transfer to the 60-day list could be on tap if the aforementioned timetable holds true.