Despite currently being without Jack Flaherty and Steven Matz, the St. Louis Cardinals have performed quite well in the opening round, with Miles Mikolas, Adam Wainwright and Dakota Hudson leading the way.
As for Flaherty, he has been out with shoulder problems since the start of spring training.
Although he returned to health at the end of the 2021 season, his shoulder still plagued him and it was extended to the 2022 season.
However, he is recovering and appears to be making steady progress.
When asked by a fan about his progress, Cardinal responded with an update from author Katie W. Flaherty.
Flaherty threw two more bullpen on the latest road trip (one at NY, one at PIT) and John Mozeliak said his progress required patience but remained “on schedule.” https://t.co/m0qTp0Swgh
– Katie U (katiejwoo) May 23, 2022
Flaherty on his way
It usually takes a while for a pitcher to recover from a shoulder injury, but Flaherty seems to be on the right track, throwing two bullpen sessions, one in New York and the other in Pittsburgh.
If Matz is out for the foreseeable future due to a shoulder injury, the Cardinals will need all the help they need to get back from their current starter and Flaherty at the end.
He was the opening starter of the card in both 2020 and 2021.
His shoulder illness made him unavailable for that game this year, as the cards handed it to Wayne Wright.
In 17 games last season, Flaherty led 9-2 with a 3.22 ERA, missing most of the season due to a slash injury and shoulder problems during the lockout.
John Mozeliak, president of the baseball operations team, has spoken of patience with Flaherty as he works his way back.
But it’s good news for the Cardinals and their fans as they wait for their young stud to return.