Cardinals notebook: Would Redbirds have avoided spree of pitcher injuries if MLB had universal DH?


The Cardinals’ Jack Flaherty pitches against the Dodgers on May 31, when he suffered a torso injury that has sidelined him indefinitely.

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Derrick Goold

Due to be re-evaluated in the coming days to outline a timetable for his return, Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty described how his torso injury felt “way better” after a week of rest. Pain first streaked through the area while he was pitching last week at Dodger Stadium, but it was something he had not done much at all in 2020 that signaled concern.

That came on a swing— something a few months ago teams weren’t sure pitchers would take in 2021.

“It was already bugging when I was pitching,” Flaherty said to a few reporters on the field, where vaccinated media were allowed Tuesday for the first time since 2019 because of an agreement between MLB and the players’ union. “I’ve been in that situation before where it’s just something nagging, whatever. You’re a competitor and you know when something is wrong or when something is just nagging. Then the swing took it over the top to let me know that, hey, something is off.”

Flaherty has been diagnosed with a muscle tear in his torso, and the imminent evaluation will look at the oblique strain to observe healing and generate a rehab plan. The Cardinals expect Flaherty to need a week of throwing to rebuild strength for every week he…

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