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The Cardinals will need to re-do their rotation now that ace Jack Flaherty will be sidelined for a while with what manager Mike Shildt termed a “significant” oblique injury.
Flaherty, who leads the majors with eight wins, left Monday night’s start against the Los Angeles Dodgers with tightness in his left side. Shildt said St. Louis was still trying to determine the grade of Flaherty’s injury, but added that it was going to take a while to heal.
“It is not a minimal situation. It is a real strain or tear,” Shildt said Tuesday.
Flaherty is 8-1 with a 2.90 ERA this season, and the Cardinals are 9-2 in games he started. It is the first time in Flaherty’s five big league seasons that he is on the injured list.
Shildt said he is still evaluating how to adjust his rotation. Flaherty’s next start was slated for Saturday against Cincinnati.
St. Louis placed Flaherty on the 10-day IL and called up Johan Oviedo from Triple-A Memphis.
Two more big names, Fernando Tatis Jr. and Stephen Strasburg, are hoping to avoid long injury absences after getting hurt Tuesday night.
Tatis exited San Diego’s 4-3 loss to the Cubs because of right oblique tightness. He flied out in the sixth inning and was replaced at shortstop in the bottom half.
Padres manager Jayce Tingler was encouraged after the game by Tatis’ strength and range of motion, and optimistic the star slugger will avoid the injured list.
“I think it’s too early to tell,” Tingler said. “I am optimistic maybe we caught something early before it got bad. But sometimes you wake up, things are different.”
Strasburg left Washington’s 11-6 win over Atlanta after throwing 30 pitches in 1 1/3 innings. Nationals…
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