The Saint Louis franchise indicated it respects the relief pitcher’s decision not to participate in the MLB season.
The reliever of the Saint Louis Cardinals, Jordan Hicks, will not play the 2020 season of the MLB for concerns with your health.
The right-handed pitcher is type 1 diabetic, and with the uncertainty of the long-term effects of the coronavirus in such a condition, the 23-year-old chose to unsubscribe.
Notably, Hicks, who will still receive his full prorated salary for the MLB’s 60-game season, was recovering from Tommy John surgery last June and would have been ready to return to the Cardinals bullpen in August.
“We respect and understand Jordan’s decision to opt out of this season,” Saint Louis franchise president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said Monday. “We wish him the best as he continues to recover from elbow surgery, and we look forward to seeing Jordan back on the mound for the 2021 season,” he added.
After appearing in 73 games as a rookie in 2018, Hicks took over the closer role last season, scoring 14 saves on 15 opportunities before injuring his elbow. In 2019, he signed 3.14 ERA and 0.94 WHIP in 29 games, with 31 strikeouts in 28 and 2/3 innings.
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