Rocket-armed Car­di­nals closer Hicks has torn el­bow lig­a­ment

The Saline Courier - - SPORTS -

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Car­di­nals closer Jor­dan Hicks has a torn el­bow lig­a­ment and the team says it’s de­ter­min­ing what to do with the hard­est-throw­ing pitcher in the ma­jors.

The Car­di­nals said Mon­day the right-han­der has a torn ul­nar col­lat­eral lig­a­ment, an in­jury that usu­ally leads to Tommy John surgery.

The rocket-armed Hicks has hit 105 mph with fast­balls this sea­son and rou­tinely reaches triple dig­its with his heater.

Hicks left Satur­day’s game against the An­gels in the ninth in­ning af­ter he had pitched 1 1/3 in­nings.

The 22-year-old Hicks is 2-2 with 14 saves and a 3.14 ERA in 29 games. He has struck out 31 in 28 2/3 in­nings.

Hicks made his big league de­but last year, pitch­ing in 73 games.

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