As many MLB teams began their Spring camp yesterday, St. Louis Cardinals catchers and pitchers officially reported in at Roger Dean Chevrolet complex in Jupiter FL. Grapefruit League games will begin Saturday, February 22.
Cardinals RHP Jordan Hicks was looking forward to his return in 2020 after having Tommy John's surgery last season which removed him from action for 2019. He recorded 14 saves last season in his minimal 29 games played with 3.14 ERA/31 SO.
Reported this afternoon by MLB News, Hicks will have to postpone being part of the opening day roster with the club. He has been placed on the 60-Day IL due to a right elbow issue (TJ surgery). The young Hicks 104 mph fastball was his claim to fame. When he had control, the hitter facing him did not have much of chance to record a hit.
This is a precautionary move by the Cardinals. His surgery was late June of 2019. To see Hicks back, to reassure his is ready for return, possibly by the All Star break or into August 2020.
With an open spot on the 40-man roster, Cardinals "announced today that they have agreed to terms with free-agent infielder Brad Miller on a one-year contract for the 2020 season. Financial terms were not disclosed."
Miller is a left-handed-hitter and slugged out eight home runs last September, ranking 4th among all National League batters, while also posting a .327 batting mark and an .800 slugging pct. (2nd in N.L.) during the season’s final month.
"The 6-2, 215-pound Miller, an Orlando, Fla. native, has logged 376 career games at shortstop, 169 at second base, 75 at first base, 26 at third base and 53 in the outfield. The Clemson University product was a 2nd round draft selection by Seattle in 2011, and he made his Major League debut with the Mariners in June of 2013. He hit a career single-season high 30 homers with 81 RBI in 2016 for Tampa Bay."
Now with the Cardinals, he will be assigned #15
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