Right-hander Miles Mikolas, one of many Cardinals’ prime starters, is coping with flexor points on the outset of spring coaching. Mikolas underwent a platelet-wealthy plasma injection after final season, but it surely’s attainable he’ll want one other one, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch studies. Surgery doesn’t appear to be on the desk at this level, although the Cardinals ought to make an announcement on Mikolas’ standing within the “coming days,” Hummel writes.
This is little question a much less-than-excellent begin to the spring for Mikolas and the Cardinals, who made a big funding in him a yr in the past. Then recent off a terrific return season to majors after dominating in Japan from 2015-17, the Cardinals signed Mikolas to a 4-yr, $68MM extension in February 2019. That deal received’t take impact till this yr, giving St. Louis all of the extra motive to hope he’ll get previous his present damage troubles unscathed.
Now 31 years outdated, Mikolas didn’t thrive in 2019 to the identical extent he did within the earlier season. He carried out effectively nonetheless, although, and was maybe the Cardinals’ handiest starter after budding star Jack Flaherty. Mikolas turned in 184 innings of 4.16 ERA/4.27 FIP ball with 7.04 Okay/9, 1.57 BB/9 and a 47.Four % groundball fee.
If wholesome, Mikolas will once more be part of Flaherty, Adam Wainwright and Dakota Hudson within the Cardinals’ rotation. Meanwhile, Carlos Martinez figures to go again to the rotation after a yr spent as a reliever. That’s a powerful quintet on paper, but when Mikolas or another person finally ends up unavailable to open 2020, the lately signed Kwang-hyun Kim may have the within monitor to start because the No. 5 for the reigning NL Central champions.