15DJordan Walden RP STL 1 month ago

Walden has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 lat strain and is expected to miss a few months, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Walden had been projected as a middle reliever, but will join Mitch Harris on the disabled list to start the season. He had already been placed on the 15-day DL, but a transfer to the 60-day list could be on tap if the aforementioned timetable holds true.

15DJordan Walden RP STL 1 month ago

Walden (shoulder) was placed on the 15-day DL on Saturday, MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The DL move is retroactive to March 31, meaning that Walden won't be able to pitch for the Cardinals until at least mid-April. He was sidelined for the latter portion of spring training due to the shoulder injury.

15DJordan Walden RP STL 1 month ago

Walden (shoulder) will undergo an MRI sometime on Friday, Cardinals GM John Mozeliak told St. Louis Baseball Weekly on Thursday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

It was announced Wednesday that Walden's shoulder would keep him off the Opening Day roster, as he will begin the season on the disabled list. But it's still unclear how long he will be out or what the extent of his injury is, and we'll be able to add some clarity to his return and timetable once he is evaluated.Walden posted a 0.87 ERA in 10.1 innings with the Cardinals last season as he worked his way back to the majors and could see some setup work if he is able to get healthy.

15DJordan Walden RP STL 1 month ago

Walden (shoulder) will not make the Cardinals' Opening Day roster after his shoulder didn't quite feel right during his final spring training appearance, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Walden was one of the best parts of the Cardinals bullpen when healthy, but he struggled to stay on the field last season. After stringing together a number of strong appearances this spring, his shoulder came back to bite in his final tune-up. If this is just a minor blip, then Walden can still be the effective eighth inning guy the Cardinals hope to have, but if this turns out to be more serious, it could lead to another lost season.

15DJordan Walden RP STL 1 month ago

Walden (shoulder) pitched a scoreless eighth Monday against the Mets, his seventh scoreless outing of the spring, as he's expected to pitch again on Wednesday in his final tune-up for the regular season, MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Walden was terrific for the first month of the season last year before battling injuries the remainder of the year. If he can manage his shoulder issues this season he could be a nice source of holds for the Cardinals.

15DJordan Walden RP STL 1 month ago

Walden (shoulder) will rest for another two days, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Walden is hopeful a couple more days off will help the lingering tightness in his shoulder subside. He hasn't thrown for nearly a week, and his availability for the start of the regular season is beginning to be threatened.

15DJordan Walden RP STL 1 month ago

Walden (shoulder) didn't pitch in Saturday's Grapefruit League loss to the Nationals, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Walden continues to be bothered by soreness near his throwing shoulder, which has prevented him from pitching since Monday. The Cardinals wanted Walden to pitch in games on consecutive days during spring training before heading into the regular season, but with only five contests left on the schedule, the right-hander may come into Opening Day less than 100 percent healthy.

15DJordan Walden RP STL 1 month ago

Walden did not throw as scheduled Friday due to a "knot in his lat," MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Further details regarding Walden's status were not reported, but manager Mike Matheny said there is some concern about the injury, which puts Walden's status for Opening Day into question.

15DJordan Walden RP STL 2 months ago

Walden has pitched well this spring, throwing five scoreless innings and allowing just one hit, one walk, and one hit batter in the process while striking out three.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Walden hasn't pitched in a regular season game since last April after dealing with reoccurring shoulder problems all year. Walden was looking like a top fantasy setup man last year before going down but it's unlikely even if he stays healthy that he'll take on that role this year as both Kevin Siegrist and Seung-Hwan Oh are in position to handle setup duties heading into the season.

15DJordan Walden RP STL 3 months ago

Walden is expected to be on the same program as all of the Cardinals' other pitchers this spring, yet there is still some uncertainty about whether his shoulder can hold up for a full season, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Walden missed the final five months of last season due to rotator cuff and labrum damage. He's still expected to fill a set-up role, but the Cardinals' signing of Jonathan Broxton and Seung Hwan Oh suggests that the team isn't sure how Walden will hold up.