Cardinals closer diagnosed with torn UCL in throwing arm

Jordan Hicks #49 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches during the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Busch Stadium on June 22, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Scott Kane/Getty Images)

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jordan Hicks may miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing arm.

Hicks, 22, was pulled from the June 22 game against the Angels in the ninth inning with pain in his right elbow. An MRI revealed the torn ligament.

Hicks was in his second year with the Cardinals. He leads the team in saves (14) this season in 29 games pitched and has recorded 31 strikeouts in 28.2 innings.

Tommy John Surgery is typically required to repair a torn UCL. Recovery time can be anywhere from 9 months to a full year following the surgery.

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