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Jordan Hicks has torn UCL

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The Cardinals announced on Monday that an MRI revealed that Jordan Hicks has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. The club is currently determining the next course of action. Tommy John surgery is a possibility, which would end his season and cause him to miss at least a significant portion of the 2020 season as well.

Hicks, 22, exited Saturday’s appearance against the Angels. He was in his second inning of work. Losing Hicks is a huge loss for the Cardinals, as the right-hander has 14 saves with a 3.14 ERA and a 31/11 K/BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings of work this season.

John Gant will likely move into the role of closer with Hicks certainly headed to the injured list. Gant has three saves, a 2.40 ERA, and a 37/12 K/BB ratio in 41 1/3 innings thus far.

Zack Wheeler headed to IL due to shoulder fatigue

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Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler will be placed on the 10-day injured list due to fatigue in his right shoulder, Newsday’s Tim Healey reports. The roster move is retroactive to July 12. Steven Matz will open up a two-game series in Minnesota, starting in Wheeler’s place on Tuesday.

As Healey notes, the soonest Wheeler can return is July 23, which would give him at most two starts ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. Wheeler has frequently been brought up in trade conversations as he can become a free agent after the season and the 42-51 Mets have been freefalling.

Wheeler, 29, owns a 4.69 ERA with 130 strikeouts and 34 walks across 119 innings of work this season.