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Cardinals put pitcher Jordan Hicks on IL, activate Yadier Molina

May 18, 2022; New York City, New York, USA; St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jordan Hicks (12) catcher Yadier Molina (4) in the first inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

The St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday put hard-throwing right-hander Jordan Hicks on the 15-day injured list and activated catcher Yadier Molina from the bereavement list.

In corresponding moves, the Cardinals recalled right-handers Jake Woodford and Kodi Whitley from Triple-A Memphis and optioned rookie catcher Ivan Herrera to Memphis.

Hicks (right forearm flexor) is 1-4 with a 5.02 ERA in nine games (seven starts) this season. His stint on the IL is retroactive to Wednesday.

Molina reportedly went on the bereavement list to help tend to his son, who injured his arm playing baseball and was having surgery. Molina is batting .239 with two home runs and eight RBIs. He is a 10-time All-Star and nine-time Gold Glove winner.

Whitley (2-0, 4.50) appeared in 11 games for the Cardinals earlier this season and Woodford (1-0, 2.08) has pitched in seven games.

The Cardinals also optioned RHP Junior Fernandez to Triple-A Memphis.

–Field Level Media