Cardinals Dealing with Multiple Shoulder Issues: Jack Flaherty and Alex Reyes

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Cardinals Dealing with Multiple Shoulder Issues: Jack Flaherty and Alex Reyes

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The drumbeat of early Spring Training injury issues goes on, this time hitting an NL Central rival.

St. Louis Cardinals ace Jack Flaherty has already dealt with his fair share of injury issues in his young career, including an oblique strain and a shoulder strain last year. Unfortunately, something still isn’t quite right with the shoulder:

With so little time to go before the open of the season, any kind of shutdown right now means a guy is going to miss the start of the regular season. It’s just a fact of the calendar. The Cardinals will have to hope that nothing is seriously wrong, and that Flaherty can resume his ramp up soon enough.

Meanwhile, Flaherty isn’t even the only Cardinals pitcher dealing with a shoulder issue:

So that’s another key Cardinals pitcher who is likely not to be available when the season starts. You can safely assume the Cardinals will be scouring the remaining free agents and the waiver wire to see if they can get any short-term supplements.

Without Flaherty, the Cardinals rotation looks something like Adam Wainwright, Steven Matz, Dakota Hudson (returning from injury), Miles Mikolas (returning from injury), and Jake Woodford (or another young arm). The bullpen was already rife with questions, and now is down an arm.

It’s worth paying attention to these things, among other reasons, because the Cubs will undoubtedly want to be constantly evaluating just how winnable the NL Central projects to be.

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Author: Brett Taylor

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