Cardinals’ Flaherty overcomes rough first inning in rehab start

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Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty, right, talks with starting pitcher Miles Mikolas in the dugout during the second inning of a game against the Cleveland Indians at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Tuesday, June 8, 2021.  (Colter Peterson photo)

Rick Hummel

Making his second rehabilitation start at Class AAA Memphis after being out nearly two months with an oblique tear, Cardinals ace Jack Flaherty encountered a 32-pitch first inning Sunday in which he allowed two runs to Atlanta’s Gwinnett club. But Flaherty required just 26 pitches in the next two innings and finished off a 58-pitch outing, in which he threw 38 strikes and fanned five over three frames.

The righthander gave up four hits, including a two-run triple, to former Atlanta infielder Johan Camargo, and walked one in a game Memphis lost 4-2 as the Stripers scored twice in the ninth.

Next on the comeback trail for Flaherty, who was 8-1 before he got hurt on May 31, will be a start for Memphis, probably on Friday, at Tampa Bay’s Class AAA team in Durham, North Carolina. If it is deemed he requires one more, it would be Aug. 11 or so and Flaherty, along with righthander Miles Mikolas, could be ready for a key series here with Milwaukee on Aug. 17-19.

Mikolas’ next rehab outing, which will be his third, will come at Class AA Springfield on Tuesday. He hasn’t been scored on in seven innings…

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