Cardinals droitier Dakota Hudson
left the team’s game against the Pirates early Thursday with elbow strain. He will undergo an MRI on Friday, Derrick Goold of St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.Hudson left after pitching just two innings in another loss for the Cardinals, who are 22-24 and battling for a wildcard spot. Hudson was an asset to the team, as evidenced by his 39-innings average of 2.77. This is the third year in a row that he has challenged independent fielding figures to post much better race prevention figures, as evidenced by the 3.20 ERA and 4.72 FIP he has recorded over 239 innings since his debut in 2018. Hudson’s take-out and walk rates (7.0 K / 9 vs. 4.41 BB / 9) haven’t been good, but he has made up for them to some extent with a ground ball percentage of 57.4.
At the very least, the Cardinals appear to have a legitimate MLB starter in Hudson, so the hope is that his elbow problem won’t stop him from pitching the rest of this year or cause him to run out of time in 2021. all the rotational help they can get with Hudson, Jack Flaherty and Kwang Hyun Kim apparently the only members of their staff likely to start for the club then. They could also get Miles Mikolas back from surgery on a right flexor tendon, although it remains to be seen whether Adam Wainwright will continue his career in 2021.