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.
Per The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said outfielder Giancarlo Stanton may be activated from the injured list on Wednesday. Stanton will “certainly” be activated on Thursday.
Stanton, 29, has appeared in all of nine games this season due to knee and calf injuries. The calf injury struck first during the opening week of the season. He wouldn’t return until June 18, then played in a whopping six games before a strained PCL in his right knee sent him back on the IL. But if there was ever a time for Stanton to make his triumphant return, it’s right before what the Yankees hope is a deep postseason run.
In the nine games Stanton has appeared in this season, spanning 38 trips to the plate, he has hit .290/.421/.419 with a double, a homer, seven RBI, and four runs scored.