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Cards place Flaherty on IL with “significant” oblique injury


The St. Louis Cardinals placed pitcher Jack Flaherty on Tuesday’s 10-day injury list with what manager Mike Shildt described as a “significant” oblique injury.

Flaherty, who leads the majors by eight wins, left with tightness on his left during the sixth innings of Monday’s 9-4 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The right-hander had allowed two runs on two hits with nine strikeouts.

Shildt said the team are still trying to figure out the degree of Flaherty’s injury, but added that it would take a while to heal.

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“It’s not a minimal situation. It’s a real burden or tear,” Shildt said ahead of Tuesday’s game.

Flaherty was 8-1 with a 2.90 ERA in 11 starts that season. The Cardinals had a 9-2 record in games he started. It is the first time in Flaherty’s five seasons in the Big League that he has been on the injured list.

Shildt said he’s still figuring out how to adjust his rotation. Flaherty’s next start was scheduled for Saturday against Cincinnati.

St. Louis has appointed Johan Oviedo of Triple-A Memphis to take Flaherty’s ranks.

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