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MLB Weekly Digest July 1st Edition: Hicks Has Tommy John Surgery

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The last week in MLB was about a reliever in the National League who underwent season-ending surgery, an outfielder in the American League for a contending team is placed on the injured list, and a starting pitcher lands on the injured list.

St. Louis Cardinals Reliever Jordan Hicks Undergoes Tommy John Surgery

The St. Louis Cardinals will be without a crucial part of their bullpen for the rest of this season, and beyond as closer, Jordan Hicks underwent Tommy John surgery earlier this week, per Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

He expected to be sidelined between 12-13 months, per Mark Saxon of The Athletic.

Hicks was forced to leave an outing on June 22nd against the Los Angeles Angels early as the injury was initially diagnosed as triceps tendinitis.

Hicks is one of the hardest throwers in baseball, as he features a sinker which reaches 103 mph.

He was having a solid 2019 season for the Cardinals, as indicated by his 3.14 ERA in 28 2/3 innings pitched (29 games) with 14 saves, 31 strikeouts, 11 walks issued, two home runs surrendered, a 136 ERA+, a 3.18 FIP and a 0.94 WHIP.

The loss of Hicks is monumental as he leaves a massive void in the backend of their bullpen. The team will be looking for a closer with the trade deadline about a month away.

The Cardinals are still in a good position for a playoff spot as they sit four games back in the National League Central and are three games back for the second Wild Card spot in the NL.

New York Yankees Place Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton on Injured List with Knee Injury

The New York Yankees have placed outfielder Giancarlo Stanton on the injured list with a right knee sprain, per a team announcement.

He suffered the injury early last week against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that Stanton would be playing again during August, per Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.

This is the second time Stanton will be on the injured list this season as he was out of action for more than two months with biceps, shoulder and calf injuries.

He was just activated off the injured list about a week ago before having this latest injury.

Under normal circumstances, a team losing someone like Stanton would be a crushing blow. However, the Yankees have had other players step up in his absence.

The club is hopeful Stanton returns around August and can remain healthy for the final weeks of the regular season.

Chicago Cubs Place Starting Pitcher Cole Hamels on Injured List with Oblique Injury

The Chicago Cubs will be without one of the better pitchers in their starting rotation as they placed left-handed pitcher Cole Hamels on the injured list with a left oblique strain, per a team announcement.

Hamels had to leave during the second inning while throwing his warm-up pitches of Friday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds.

The loss of Hamels is enormous as was having a fantastic 2019 season with the Cubs.

He compiled a 2.98 ERA in 99 2/3 innings pitched (17 starts) with 97 strikeouts, 35 walks issued, nine home runs yielded, a 3.55 FIP and a 1.20 WHIP.

He is expected to undergo an MRI today to determine how long he will be sidelined.

This type of injury can be tricky for pitchers, as they might come back in a couple of weeks or it can take several months until they’re healthy.

The Cubs’ rotation is already thin as they’re without starter Kyle Hendricks, so hopefully, Hamels won’t be on the injured list for too long.

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