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July 20, 2020 09:36 AM
Cardinals' Jordan Hicks: Lands on restricted list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Cardinals placed Hicks (elbow) on the restricted list last week after he informed the team that he was opting out of the 2020 season.

The transaction removes Hicks from the Cardinals' 40-man roster, giving the team some more flexibility before it begins its season July 24. Per Mark Saxon of The Athletic, Hicks' choice to skip out on the 2020 season wasn't totally motivated by concerns about the health risks he may have faced pitching amid the COVID-19 pandemic as a Type 1 diabetic. Instead, the 23-year-old disclosed that he recently dealt with inflammation during his throwing program as he worked back from his June 2019 Tommy John procedure. The extra time off to rest should allow Hicks to report at full health for 2021 spring training, at which point he could re-emerge as the Cardinals' top closing candidate.

July 14, 2020 08:32 AM
Cardinals' Jordan Hicks: Opting out of season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hicks (elbow) announced his decision to opt out of the upcoming season Monday, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

Hicks was already expected to miss at least a bit of time as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery, a procedure he underwent in June of 2019. Hicks has type 1 diabetes, putting him in a high-risk group regarding COVID-19. He'll take the safe route rather than risking his health for what ultimately would have been just a small handful of innings in the shortened season. Giovanny Gallegos was the presumed next man up in the Cardinals' bullpen, but he's currently stuck in Mexico due to pandemic-related travel issues, leaving either Ryan Helsley or Carlos Martinez as the primary candidates for early-season saves in St. Louis.

July 5, 2020 03:24 AM
Cardinals' Jordan Hicks: Throws bullpen Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hicks (elbow) threw a bullpen session in the visitors' dugout at Busch Stadium on Saturday, Anne Rogers of reports.

Manager Mike Shildt described Hicks as "feeling good" overall, but he didn't yet have any direct feedback on Saturday's session when he met with reporters after summer camp workouts concluded for the day. Nevertheless, any news of Hicks continuing on a regular throwing routine is certainly welcome and supports the notion he'll have a chance to possibly make an impact in the second half of the truncated 60-game regular season.

July 1, 2020 11:08 PM
Cardinals' Jordan Hicks: Will open on injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hicks (elbow) will open the season on the injured list, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

The news isn't a big surprise, as Hicks is still just barely over 12 months removed from Tommy John surgery, a procedure he underwent in late June 2019. The Cardinals do expect him to contribute at some point this season, though exactly when remains to be seen. It's also not clear whether or not he'll immediately regain his closer role when he eventually returns or if he'll have to win it back from presumptive favorite Giovanny Gallegos.

June 28, 2020 01:32 AM
Cardinals' Jordan Hicks: Team will be cautious
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Hicks (elbow) will be monitored especially closely with respect to COVID-19 protocol when the regular season begins due to the fact he's a Type 1 diabetic, Anne Rogers of reports.

Naturally, Hicks' surgically repaired elbow will also get plenty of attention, and president of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirms the hard-throwing reliever will be eased back into game action once the regular season begins. Hicks has already been throwing from a mound and has also expressed his intent to play despite the fact he's at higher risk in the current COVID environment. "From the Tommy John perspective, he's had so far a very positive rehab," Mozeliak said. "In terms of expectations, I don't think it's in anybody's interest to lay that out today, but I am hopeful that he does participate in this year's season."

June 17, 2020 02:04 PM
Cardinals' Jordan Hicks: Part of closing committee?
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hicks (elbow) would likely be part of a closing committee as opposed to having sole possession of the ninth-inning job for much, if not all, of a shortened 2020 season, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Hummel is answering a reader question about how heavy Hicks' workload would be right from the start, with any 2020 season now likely to begin right around the point where Hicks might be healthy enough to pitch. The hard-throwing right-hander will be taking the mound for the first time since June 2019 when he does return, so Hummel's assessment of shared responsibility seems to be supported by logic, especially when considering expanded rosters and a season not likely to exceed 60 games.

May 15, 2020 07:48 AM
Cardinals' Jordan Hicks: Could be 'key member' of staff
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hicks (elbow), who could return from Tommy John surgery shortly after the start of the proposed abbreviated regular season, may play an integral relief role according to president of baseball operations John Mozeliak, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. "Given the circumstances of the season, the likelihood of his being able to contribute are a lot different than had it been a normal year," Mozeliak said. "There is some optimism that if we do have a season, he'll have some way of being a key member of it."

Mozeliak relays Hicks continues engaging in regular bullpen sessions at his home in Houston, usually throwing 30 pitches per outing in an effort to mirror his approximate maximum pitch count in an actual game setting. Tuesday, Hicks worked up to 40 total pitches by throwing two blocks of 20 each, and if the current early July timeline for Opening Day comes to pass, the 23-year-old will be close to 13 full months removed from his June 2019 Tommy John procedure. However, Mozeliak notes the Cardinals would also be particularly cautious with the hard-throwing right-hander due to his Type A diabetes, as the condition could potentially make him more at risk for serious COVID-19-related complications.

April 30, 2020 02:52 PM
Cardinals' Jordan Hicks: Throwing off mound
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

President of baseball operations John Mozeliak said Thursday that Hicks (elbow) has advanced to throwing 30-pitch bullpen sessions of "moderate intensity" in recent weeks, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Despite MLB's ongoing shutdown, Hicks' rehab program doesn't seem to have slowed down considerably, as Mozeliak reiterated that the right-hander remains on pace to be ready for game action at some point around the middle of the summer. Goold speculates that Hicks may be cleared to face hitters by the time teams are allowed to resume training, at which point a more precise timeline for his return from the injured list could be established.

April 28, 2020 11:52 PM
Cardinals' Jordan Hicks: Faces unique challenges for return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hicks (elbow) remains on track to be healthy by some point in July, but his timeline for a return could be affected by multiple factors, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

To begin with, there would naturally have to be a season already underway by midsummer for Hicks to return to. However, beyond that obvious prerequisite, the hard-throwing right-hander will also need ongoing access to hitters to facilitate the on-field portion of his rehabilitation program. How that would come about is also up in the air, considering the minor-league season could be wiped out entirely this year. Such a development would likely lead to significantly expanded major-league rosters that would include a healthy helping of minor-league players, or perhaps a convening of such players in some other setting that Hicks could gain access to. Therefore, depending on the timing of a re-start of on-field activity, Hicks may realistically not be prepared to pitch in a regular-season game until later in the summer or early fall.

April 8, 2020 01:40 AM
Cardinals' Jordan Hicks: Continues playing catch
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hicks (elbow) continues playing catch and visiting the Cardinals' spring training facility for rehab-related work when possible, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Hicks has been on a throwing program since January as he makes a return from UCL surgery. It's unclear what level of access Hicks still has to the team's Jupiter facility on a day-to-day basis, but shortly after spring training was suspended, he'd expressed an intention to be a frequent visitor as long as it was available. The delayed start to the 2020 campaign will help wipe out a substantial amount of missed regular-season time for Hicks, who could be ready to return sometime in July.

February 13, 2020 03:16 AM
Cardinals' Jordan Hicks: Heads to injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hicks (elbow) was placed on the 60-day injured list Wednesday.

Hicks was moved to the injured list in order to create a roster spot for Brad Miller, who was signed by St. Louis on Wednesday. The 23-year-old Hicks was already eyeing a midseason return from undergoing Tommy John surgery in late June of 2019. It is possible the Cardinals will attempt to ease Hicks back from his long absence in a setup role rather than have him resume immediate closing duties. Giovanny Gallegos is expected to begin the season as the closer with the recent news that Carlos Martinez will be competing for a spot in the starting rotation.

January 19, 2020 10:52 PM
Cardinals' Jordan Hicks: Eyeing midseason return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hicks (elbow), who resumed a throwing program earlier this month, is aiming for a return to the Cardinals at some point in the middle of the season, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Though pitchers who undergo Tommy John surgery typically require 12-to-18 months of rehab time, Hicks' status as a relief pitcher likely means that he won't need the full length of the recovery timeline to build up his arm. Given that he underwent the elbow procedure in late June of 2019, Hicks could realistically have a shot at returning around the All-Star break, assuming he endures no snags in the rehab process. Hicks had served as St. Louis' closer prior to damaging his UCL, but the Cardinals could be more inclined to bring him back in a setup role this season once he's reinstated from the injured list.

January 17, 2020 02:32 PM
Cardinals' Jordan Hicks: Begins throwing program
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hicks (elbow) began a throwing program Jan. 6 and is progressing well in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, Derek Shore of reports.

Hicks underwent Tommy John surgery in late June, so the beginning of a throwing program is a major step in his recovery. The 23-year-old will continue building up his arm strength in the coming months, with a return to throwing off the mound being his next major recovery benchmark. Hicks could make a return at some point this year, but it likely would only be for the tail end of the season.

November 1, 2019 06:00 PM
Cardinals' Jordan Hicks: Transferred back to 40-man roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hicks (elbow) was moved to the 40-man roster Friday.

Hicks underwent Tommy John surgery in July, so while he's expected to miss most if not all of the 2020 campaign, the club will move him back to the 40-man roster for now.

July 11, 2019 05:28 PM
Cardinals' Jordan Hicks: Moves to 60-day IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hicks (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Thursday, Rob Rains of reports.

Hicks underwent Tommy John surgery at the end of June, so this move is simply procedural. The hard-throwing right-hander is set to miss the remainder of this season and likely most of the 2020 campaign while on the mend.

June 26, 2019 03:32 PM
Cardinals' Jordan Hicks: Undergoes surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hicks underwent Tommy John surgery Wednesday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Paletta and went off without a hitch. Hicks will be sidelined for the remainder of the season and most, if not all, of next year following the procedure. In the meantime, Carlos Martinez is expected to assume ninth-inning duties in Hicks' absence.

June 25, 2019 05:04 PM
Cardinals' Jordan Hicks: Tommy John surgery scheduled
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hicks (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery Wednesday, Anne Rogers of reports.

Hicks and the Cardinals were reportedly taking some time to evaluate their plan of action after the closer was diagnosed with a torn UCL on Monday, but Tommy John surgery always seemed to be the likely outcome. The procedure will keep him out for all of this season and most, if not all, of next year as well. Carlos Martinez is expected to handle the ninth inning in Hicks' absence.

June 25, 2019 03:56 PM
Cardinals' Jordan Hicks: Officially heads to IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Cardinals placed Hicks (elbow) on the 10-day injured list Tuesday.

The transaction was fully expected after Hicks underwent an MRI on Monday that confirmed he was dealing with a torn UCL. The Cardinals have yet to decide on a treatment method for Hicks, but the flamethrower will likely be in store for an extended absence even if he forgoes Tommy John surgery and instead chooses to address the ligament damage with rest and rehab and/or platelet-rich plasma and stem-cell injections. Over the weekend, president of baseball operations John Mozeliak tabbed John Gant as Hicks' most likely replacement as the Cardinals' closer, though Carlos Martinez could enter the mix for save chances as well.

June 24, 2019 04:48 PM
Cardinals' Jordan Hicks: Diagnosed with torn UCL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hicks was diagnosed with a torn UCL in his right elbow Monday.

Hicks left Saturday's game against the Angels with what was originally referred to as triceps tendinitis, but an MRI revealed a more serious injury Monday. The Cardinals are determining their plan of action, but it's safe to assume that Tommy John surgery is a very likely outcome. The team may be considering non-surgical options for now as the procedure would likely keep Hicks out for all of 2020 whether he undergoes it now or in a few months. John Gant is the frontrunner to close in Hicks' absence.

June 24, 2019 10:00 AM
Cardinals' Jordan Hicks: Getting MRI on arm
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hicks (triceps) is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his right arm and elbow Monday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Officially diagnosed with right triceps tendinitis after the injury resulted in him being pulled from a save chance in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Angels, Hicks will be sent in for additional tests as the Cardinals look to determine the severity of the injury. Prior to Sunday's series finale, manager Mike Shildt said John Gant would act as the team's closer for the duration of Hicks' absence, though those plans may have changed after Gant yielded four runs in a non-save opportunity. Carlos Martinez and Andrew Miller would likely be next in line for save chances behind Gant in the event Hicks requires a stay on the IL, a distinct possibility with the Cardinals playing just five games this week.

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