The pitching of the St. Louis Cardinals has been a bit of a problem this season.
Several free agent signees haven’t panned out and others have been lost due to injuries.
The Cardinals ultimately addressed these needs at the trade deadline when they acquired veteran lefties Jose Quintana and Jordan Montgomery.
The Cardinals finally have some guys to pick up the slack left by the injured pitchers.
On Twitter, Katie Woo, who covers the Cardinals for The Athletic, provided some updates on some injured pitchers.
Woo revealed that Drew VerHagen, who has been out with a hip impingement, is headed for season-ending surgery, while Jack Flaherty continues to progress in his rehab.
Drew VerHagen is headed for season-ending hip surgery. He’s expected to be ready for spring 2023.
Jack Flaherty rejoins the team this weekend to continue rehabbing. As John Mozeliak said earlier on @101espn, Oli Marmol believes Flaherty is inching towards a rehab assignment.
— Katie Woo (@katiejwoo) August 4, 2022
VerHagen Out For Season, Flaherty Progressing
VerHagen is expected to be ready for spring training in 2023, while Flaherty looks to be headed for a rehab assignment shortly.
This is good news about Flaherty, but for VerHagen, not so much.
VerHagen was signed to a two-year deal after the end of the lockout and was expected to provide some innings for the Cards in their bullpen.
The 31-year-old is 3-1 in 19 appearances, but has posted a 6.65 ERA.
Flaherty came back briefly for the Cardinals this year, but could never find his groove.
He went back on the injured list after just three starts, prompting the Cardinals to look for some pitching reinforcements.
With two starters acquired, it’s not yet known how the Cardinals will use Flaherty if he does come back this season.
VerHagen is obviously done for the year, but the Cards could potentially bring Flaherty back in a relief role, similarly to what they did at the end of 2021.
We’ll see what the Cards decide to do with Flaherty as he inches closer to a rehab assignment.