Injured St. Louis Cardinals reliever Jordan Walden will be sidelined six to 10 weeks with a strained right scapula. General Manager John Mozeliak said Walden will require only rest, not surgery.
“How that healing goes will dictate when he starts throwing,” Mozeliak said. “So it could be sooner, but typically it’s about six to 10 weeks to heal, and then you have to start a throwing program. The good news is right now he’s avoiding surgery. The bad news is he’s going to be out a while.”
Walden, who was acquired from the Atlanta Braves in the offseason, has been on the disabled list four times in his career. He is 0-1 with a 0.87 ERA in 12 games.
Walden’s absence could create a new role for Seth Maness.
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“I think the one thing you notice about our bullpen is we don’t really have designed roles, per se, but obviously Walden was getting a lot of eighth-inning action, and now that will likely fall down to Maness,” said Mozeliak, adding that Walden had been experiencing slight discomfort in the shoulder for two weeks before being disabled Thursday.
“Given his mechanics, I think there’s just a lot of stress in that area. We knew that (before the trade), but we’re hopeful that we can still get a lot out of him.”
Mozeliak also said Jaime Garcia will start Sunday for Class AAA Memphis, his first assignment of the season since being shut down with left-shoulder issues in spring training. Mozeliak said Garcia will be on a pitch count of about 80.
Left-hander Marco Gonzales, who has been on the disabled list at Memphis with a sore shoulder, will pitch Saturday. Gonzales will have a pitch limit of about 70.
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Tyler Lyons likely will make another start Sunday in Pittsburgh. Lyons, who made his first start Tuesday, is the second rotation replacement for the injured Adam Wainwright. Tim Cooney started Thursday but was hit hard in a no-decision against Philadelphia.
Grichuk sent to Jupiter
Outfielder Randal Grichuk (lower back strain) is about to report to extended spring training in Jupiter, Fla., to get himself back into playing condition.
“I’m going to go down there and kind of amplify baseball activity, see how I feel, get some at-bats, play some extended (spring) games and kind of see how it goes from there,” Grichuk said Wednesday. “Little moments here and there, I still feel it. But it’s a lot better. (I’ve been) throwing, hitting. I’m doing a little bit more activity running-wise.
“Positive progression. I’m excited to get out of here and go get some ABs.”
Grichuk is batting .200 (2-for-10) in six games, with one home run and two RBIs. He hasn’t played since April 16, just before he injured the back during a weightlifting session.
“Making the team and then getting hurt early in the season, that’s not the way I expected things to go,” Grichuk said. “But being back out there on the field makes me feel good, so I’ll go down there, hopefully get some ABs and feel good and get back up here.”
Grichuk doesn’t anticipate he will need a lot of time to get his swing back to normal.
“I felt good in BP (Tuesday),” he said. “The swing feels fine. No movement, swing-wise, hurts.”
Cubs 6, Cardinals 5
A franchise-record streak during which St. Louis Cardinals relievers earned six consecutive winning decisions, ended with starter Lance Lynn taking the loss.
Anthony Rizzo clubbed a solo home run and drove two more across the plate with a fifth-inning double to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 6-5 win over the Cardinals Wednesday at Busch Stadium.
Lynn (1-3) lasted six innings, allowing five runs on eight hits while striking out six Cubs and walking two.
Jon Lester (2-2) was credited for the win for Chicago. In seven innings, he gave up four runs, one earned, while striking out six and walking one.