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Jordan Walden | Relief Pitcher

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (27) / 11/16/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 250
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Jordan Walden will be sidelined for the next 6-10 weeks with a right shoulder strain.
The good news is that he doesn't need surgery. Walden was used heavily during the first month of the season and began reporting stiffness in his right shoulder in early May. The hard-throwing setup man will be missed. He had registered a 0.87 ERA and 12 strikeouts over his first 10 1/3 innings (12 appearances) with the Cardinals. May 6 - 5:15 PM

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Jordan Walden is seeking a second opinion for his right biceps inflammation.

Walden had MRIs recently on his shoulder and bicep, and they'll now be looked at by a different set of eyes. He was complaining about shoulder stiffness on Saturday. While the hope is that there's no structural damage to the arm and that this is merely inflammation, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak has indicated that there's at least some concern this could be more serious.
May 5 - 6:12 PM

Cardinals placed RHP Jordan Walden on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 30, with right biceps inflammation.

Walden had complained of stiffness in his shoulder, but it's apparently his biceps that's the concern. It's not clear at this point how long he might be sidelined, but that it's being diagnosed as merely inflammation suggests that he's not dealing with any structural damage. Sam Tuivailala has taken Walden's spot in the bullpen.
May 3 - 12:59 PM

Jordan Walden acknowledged Saturday that he's dealing with some "stiffness" in his right shoulder.

Walden said he's not concerned about the discomfort, but more should be known Sunday. The 27-year-old setup man has registered a stellar 0.87 ERA with 12 strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings this season for the Cardinals.
May 2 - 6:17 PM

Jordan Walden slammed the door on the Reds in the ninth inning on Sunday, preserving a one-run advantage to earn his first save of the season.

Walden was filling in for Trevor Rosenthal who had thrown an excess of pitches on Saturday. He proved more than a capable replacement, allowing just a Brennan Boesch single in his inning of work. The veteran right-hander boasts a 1.35 ERA and 1.20 WHIP on the young season.
Apr 19 - 10:16 PM

Cardinals signed RHP Jordan Walden to a two-year, $6.6 million contract.

The new deal also included a club option for 2017 at $5.25 million. With the contract, Walden and the club avoided arbitration. The reliever came over from the Braves along with Jason Heyward in a November trade. Walden is coming off of a 2.88 ERA, 62 strikeout season. He should see setup duty with the Cardinals, as they'll be trying out Carlos Martinez in the rotation during the coming season.
Tue, Dec 23, 2014 01:12:00 PM

Cardinals acquired RHP Jordan Walden and OF Jason Heyward from the Braves for RHP Shelby Miller and RHP Tyrell Jenkins.

Walden isn't just a throw-in here. The 27-year-old reliever owns a 3.10 ERA in 211 2/3 career innings and was especially good in 2014, posting a 2.88 ERA and 62 strikeouts across 50 innings. He'll presumably operate in a setup role for St. Louis, allowing Carlos Martinez to fill Miller's spot in the starting rotation.
Mon, Nov 17, 2014 12:38:00 PM

Jordan Walden picked up his third save of the season, pitching a scoreless ninth inning in Wednesday's win over the Mets.

It was just a day of rest for Craig Kimbrel, who had pitched in three consecutive ballgames. Walden had no issues, retiring the Mets in 1-2-3 fashion with two strikeouts. The right-hander has been a solid contributor out of the 'pen for the Braves, now carrying a 2.70 ERA with a 1.20 WHIP and a 33/12 K/BB ratio in 23 1/3 innings.
Wed, Jul 2, 2014 10:40:00 PM

Braves activated RHP Jordan Walden from the 15-day disabled list.

Walden wound up missing a little over a month with a strained left hamstring. The right-handed setup man will be available out of the Braves' bullpen Tuesday night.
Tue, Jun 10, 2014 05:11:00 PM

Jordan Walden (hamstring) is expected to be activated from the disabled list Tuesday.

Walden, out since early May with a strained left hamstring, threw a scoreless rehab inning Sunday with Triple-A Gwinnett. The Braves have yet to announce a corresponding roster move, but Alex Wood could be sent to the minors to be stretched out as a starter.
Tue, Jun 10, 2014 01:27:00 PM

Jordan Walden (hamstring) threw a scoreless rehab inning Sunday at Triple-A Gwinnett.

Walden struck out two of the four batters he faced. "I felt good out there, hamstring felt good," the right-hander said after his outing. "I didn’t have any issues with it again, so that was a positive." He is expected to rejoin the Braves on Tuesday in Colorado.
Mon, Jun 9, 2014 01:45:00 PM

Jordan Walden's (hamstring) scheduled rehab appearance on Saturday has been pushed to Sunday.

There are no problems, the Braves just wanted to give the right-hander an extra day. With the move, Walden will now likely rejoin the club in Colorado on Tuesday instead of Monday as originally hoped. Either way, he's close to a return.
Sat, Jun 7, 2014 08:13:00 PM

Jordan Walden (hamstring) will make his second minor league rehab appearance with Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday, and if all goes well he'll rejoin the Braves bullpen on Monday in Colorado.

Walden has been sidelined for nearly a month with the hamstring issue, as the Braves have taken things slowly and cautiously in his recovery process. He posted a 2.92 ERA and fanned 19 in his first 12 1/3 innings before going on the shelf.
Fri, Jun 6, 2014 07:59:00 PM

Jordan Walden (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday.

He should only need a few appearances before rejoining the Braves' bullpen. Walden posted a 2.92 ERA with 19 strikeouts over 12 1/3 relief innings before landing on the DL a month ago.
Wed, Jun 4, 2014 03:28:00 PM

Jordan Walden (hamstring) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Tuesday.

It was his third bullpen session since going down a month ago with a strained hamstring. The next step could be a minor league rehab assignment.
Tue, Jun 3, 2014 04:05:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Tony Cruz
1B1Matt Adams
2Mark Reynolds
2B1Kolten Wong
SS1Jhonny Peralta
2Pete Kozma
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Jon Jay
2Peter Bourjos
3Thomas Pham
RF1Jason Heyward
2Randal Grichuk
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Lance Lynn
2John Lackey
3Michael Wacha
4Carlos Martinez
5Jaime Garcia
6Adam Wainwright
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Jordan Walden
3Seth Maness
4Matt Belisle
5Randy Choate
6Kevin Siegrist
7Carlos Villanueva
8Mitch Harris
9Miguel Socolovich
10Sam Tuivailala