Hudson, who had Tommy John surgery this past September, has been throwing bullpen sessions and facing hitters in Jupiter, Florida, and Shildt said there was a good chance Hudson would pitch somewhere in the organization this year.
Hicks, said Shildt, was starting to play “more aggressive catch.”
“Jordan’s a big question mark as to whether he gets back onto the mound for us this year,” Shildt said. “I do think Jordan has a chance to get back on the mound somewhere (in the organization).”
Shildt had been hopeful of being able to get back Hicks, who relieved in 10 games and was throwing 99 mph on his final pitch before being shut down on May 2 after not pitching since mid-2019.
“But, look, the path is the path,” Shildt said. “He’s clearly needed the time. We trust our medical team.”
But Shildt said, “I wouldn’t rule it out,” about Hudson pitching for the Cardinals this season in September. .
“The one piece that doesn’t get talked about that we’ve missed as much is Dakota Hudson,” said Shildt. “This guy won 16 games for us in 2019 and he’s an absolute innings-eater. And he was only getting better. Dakota was on his way to being a front-line guy.
“Getting (Hudson and Hicks) into competition is a big, mental hurdle for them.”
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