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Jordan Walden | Relief Pitcher | #53

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (28) / 11/16/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 250
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Grayson (TX) JC
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 12 (0) / LAA
Contract: view contract details

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The Cardinals might not know until July when Jordan Walden (shoulder) could return.
Walden was diagnosed last month with a Grade 2 right lat strain. He's reportedly progressing but is facing a lengthy rehab process. At this point, the Cards will consider anything they get out of Walden a bonus. May 13 - 11:12 AM

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Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Sunday that Jordan Walden will miss "a few months" after being diagnosed with a Grade 2 right lat strain.

Walden dealt with rotator cuff issues last season and now has a significant tear in his lat. Basically, his shoulder is shot. It sounds like he'll again try and rehab it rather than have surgery, but it would be a surprise if he makes a contribution in 2016.
Apr 3 - 12:03 PM

Cardinals placed RHP Jordan Walden on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder injury.

The club still hasn't revealed the results of an MRI on Friday, but Walden figures to be sidelined for a while. He's battled shoulder issues the last two years.
Apr 3 - 8:29 AM

Jordan Walden (shoulder) will undergo an MRI on Friday.

Walden has been shut down on two occasions over the last week due to shoulder issues. This is after he missed most of last season with rotator cuff problems, so there would seem to be a good chance he'll be sidelined for a while. "I don’t know that answer," said Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak. "We’ll have a little more clarity on that probably the beginning of next week. I know he’s scheduled for an MRI sometime tomorrow and thus depending on sort of the outcome of that, once it’s read by the different physicians then we can sort of make a determination of what the future looks like."
Mar 31 - 10:20 PM

Jordan Walden (shoulder) will not be on the Cardinals' Opening Day roster.

Walden experienced more discomfort in his right shoulder Wednesday during an appearance in a Grapefruit League game and is off to see a doctor for another round of tests. This has been a lingering issue for the hard-throwing setup man since the first month of the 2015 season. He was part of the Cardinals' return in the Jason Heyward trade.
Mar 30 - 3:49 PM

Jordan Walden's shoulder responded well to his return to Grapefruit League action on Monday and he will appear in another game Wednesday.

He missed a few days of action with a knot on his right lat. Shoulder issues have plagued Walden often and he's always going to be a health risk. However, it appears he'll avoid the disabled list to start the season.
Mar 29 - 6:38 PM

Jordan Walden worked a scoreless inning Monday after missing several days with shoulder tightness.

The original plan was for him to pitch Tuesday, but he wanted to give it a go today. He allowed two singles, walked none and struck out two in his frame. Now the Cardinals will wait and see how the shoulder responds over the next couple of days.
Mar 28 - 4:12 PM

Jordan Walden (shoulder) will be given two more days of rest before trying to resume throwing.

Walden is nursing some tightness in his lat area. The reliever missed much of last season with shoulder issues, so the ailment is obviously troubling. He's a question mark for Opening Day.
Mar 27 - 11:03 AM

Jordan Walden did not throw as scheduled on Friday due to a "knot" in his right lat, according to Cardinals manager Mike Matheny.

Matheny said that there is cause for some concern, which seems like a pretty obvious statement given all the shoulder issues Walden has had since the beginning of last season. It's unclear whether he'll need to undergo an MRI, but the reliever' status for Opening Day would appear to be up in the air.
Mar 25 - 4:37 PM

Jordan Walden pitched a hitless inning, striking out two, in his spring debut Friday.

The Cardinals aren't quite sure what they'll get out of Walden after he missed most of last year, but he's always been pretty effective while healthy. If he makes it through the spring intact, he'll contend with Kevin Siegrist for eighth-inning duties.
Mar 4 - 6:31 PM

Jordan Walden (shoulder) threw to hitters Wednesday for the first time since last July.

Walden was limited to 12 appearances in his debut season with St. Louis because of biceps and shoulder issues. He did not deliver his pitches at full strength on Wednesday, but the 28-year-old right-hander was told afterward that his fastball had "a little life on it" and the workout represents a significant step toward a healthy 2016. Walden boasts a 3.00 ERA and 266 strikeouts in 222 career major league innings. St. Louis is praying he can open the season as an active member of the club's setup corps.
Feb 25 - 8:42 AM

Jordan Walden (shoulder) said Thursday that he has already thrown off a mound six times.

His first official bullpen session of the spring will be Friday in Cardinals camp, but it sounds like Walden is already well on his way. The hard-throwing right-hander was limited to 12 appearances in 2015 due to shoulder and biceps injuries. If he can stay healthy in 2016, it'll be a huge boost for St. Louis' already talented setup corps. Walden, 28, owns a 3.00 ERA and 266 strikeouts in 222 career major league frames. He was acquired from the Braves in last year's Jason Heyward trade.
Feb 18 - 10:20 AM

Jordan Walden (shoulder) isn't expected to have any restrictions when spring training opens next month.

Walden will be on the same pitching program as everyone else. He hasn't encountered any setbacks but beat writer Jenifer Langosch admits there's still "an element of uncertainty" about whether Walden can stay healthy for a full season. That's probably why the team added Jonathan Broxton and Seung Hwan Oh to the bullpen this offseason. Shoulder and biceps injuries limited Walden to just 12 appearances in 2015.
Jan 28 - 10:32 AM

Cardinals activated RHP Jordan Walden from the 60-day disabled list.

He's now back on the 40-man roster. Walden missed nearly all of 2015 due to biceps and shoulder ailments, and while the Cards hope he'll be 100 percent for spring training, he's a big health risk moving forward.
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 10:24:00 AM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Sunday that Jordan Walden (biceps) will miss the remainder of the 2015 season.

Mozeliak also noted that if he doesn't undergo surgery, he'll require a rigorous rehab to even attempt a return to the mound. The 27-year-old appeared in just 12 games for the Cardinals this season, compiling a 0.87 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 12/4 K/BB ratio across 10 1/3 innings.
Sun, Sep 6, 2015 05:06:00 PM

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LF1Matt Holliday
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S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Carlos Martinez
4Jaime Garcia
5Mike Leake
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Relief Pitcher
R1Seung Hwan Oh
2Kevin Siegrist
3Trevor Rosenthal
4Jordan Walden
5Jonathan Broxton
6Tyler Lyons
7Matt Bowman
8Seth Maness
9Mitch Harris