The St. Louis Cardinals (63-61) are clinging to their playoff hopes. The team currently sits 4.5 games back of the second National League Wild Card spot. Unfortunately, St. Louis could be without starting pitcher Jack Flaherty for the rest of the season as he was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday.
Jack Flaherty Injury Update
Flaherty exited his start during the second inning on Tuesday night citing tightness in his right shoulder, which has now been diagnosed as a strain. There is concern that the 25-year-old will not have enough time to rehab and get back into shape before the 2021 season comes to an end.
The starting pitcher's velocity took a noticeable dip during his most recent start and that is never a good sign. The good news is that imaging tests showed no kind of major structural damage to Flaherty's shoulder. More clarity regarding his status should come to fruition in the following days.
The former 2014 first-round pick has been a bright spot in this St. Louis rotation when healthy this season. Flaherty has posted a 3.08 ERA and 1.03 WHIP across 14 starts. Overall, he owns a 9-2 record on the year to go along with 81 strikeouts in 76.0 innings pitched.
This is a big hit to take in the middle of a playoff hunt, but the Cardinals have shown they can adjust. They have posted a team ERA of 4.04 on the season (No. 14 in MLB). St. Louis currently has the ninth-best odds to win the NL Pennant at +10000, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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