Rocket-armed Cardinals closer Hicks has torn elbow ligament

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St. Louis Cardinals’ Jordan Hicks delivers a pitch during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Monday, June 10, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals closer Jordan Hicks has a torn elbow ligament and the team says it’s determining what to do with the hardest-throwing pitcher in the majors.

The Cardinals said Monday the right-hander has a torn ulnar collateral ligament, an injury that usually leads to Tommy John surgery.

The rocket-armed Hicks has hit 105 mph with fastballs this season and routinely reaches triple digits with his heater.

Hicks left Saturday’s game against the Angels in the ninth inning after he had pitched 1 1/3 innings.

The 22-year-old Hicks is 2-2 with 14 saves and a 3.14 ERA in 29 games. He has struck out 31 in 28 2/3 innings.

Hicks made his big league debut last year, pitching in 73 games.

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