Cardinals think Ryan Helsley’s finger will be OK. Jack Flaherty could be a ‘force.’

Derrick Goold

PITTSBURGH — The Cardinals are reluctant to offer many details about how Jack Flaherty, one month removed from the injured list and three years separated from being one of the most dominant starters in the league, factors into their pitching stratagem for the postseason.

He will be ready for it after an impressive finish to the season that included a scoreless inning of relief Tuesday night. He will have a prominent spot in it as the Cardinals host Philadelphia for a best-of-three series. But beyond that, his role is TBA, when he’ll appear is TBD, and both are FAQ.

Which might be the biggest hint of all.

He could be a frequent answer.

“He has a chance to pitch some valuable innings for us moving forward and help us reach our ultimate goal of bringing the World Series back,” manager Oliver Marmol said late Tuesday night. “They will be meaningful. I trust him. I do. I think there are certain guys when things are on a line who have another gear that they go to mentally that some others can’t. I trust Jack.”

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The game Tuesday night bent favorably before closer Ryan Helsley’s finger did awkwardly. The Cardinals wanted to get Flaherty one inning of work in relief and Marmol cautioned against reading Flaherty’s run from the bullpen as an “audition.” Rather, it was a statement. Immediately before the right-hander entered the Cardinals rallied to…

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