The St. Louis Cardinals are going through a bit of a rough stretch, but remain just 2.5 games back in the NL Central division with a record of 31-29. However, the team just suffered a major blow to the starting rotation with some terrible news regarding Jack Flaherty's latest injury update.
Jack Flaherty Likely OUT Until All-Star Break
It looks like Flaherty is likely out at least until the All-Star break as he continues to deal with a left oblique strain that is considered "significant". There is not a concrete timetable set up for the 25-year-old righty quite yet, but reports say he isn't expected to be back on the mound until early August.
Flaherty has been the Cardinals' ace so far this season posting an impressive ERA of 2.90 and WHIP of 1.03 through his first 11 starts (62.0 innings pitched). He has also racked up 67 strikeouts on the year and is tied for the league lead in wins with 8.
Filling Flaherty's spot in the Cardinals rotation will be tough given other injuries already on the roster. Starter Miles Mikolas has made just one start this season due to right forearm tightness and lefty Kwang Hyun Kim was recently placed on the 10-day IL because of lower back tightness.
St. Louis' playoff hopes are quickly dwindling unless they can figure out how to put together a competent pitching staff. The Cardinals currently have odds set at +175 to win the division and odds set at +2200 to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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