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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
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Jordan Walden did not begin a rehab assignment as planned Sunday due to renewed shoulder discomfort.
Rinse and repeat. Walden has made just 12 major league appearances over the last two seasons due to shoulder troubles and can probably now be ruled out for the remainder of 2016. He's back at the Cardinals' spring training complex in Jupiter, Florida to continue side work. Aug 23 - 10:24 PM

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Jordan Walden (shoulder) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment Sunday with High-A Palm Beach.

Walden has made just 12 major league appearances over the last two seasons due to shoulder troubles, but he's still working at it and could maybe become an option for the Cardinals' bullpen sometime in September. The right-hander was acquired from the Braves in the Jason Heyward trade two winters ago and holds a 3.00 ERA and 10.8 K/9 in 222 career major league frames.
Aug 16 - 4:59 PM

Jordan Walden (shoulder) is aiming to begin a rehab assignment within the next 10 days.

Walden has missed most of the last two seasons with shoulder issues, but he's thrown a handful of bullpen sessions of late with no issues. Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Thursday that Walden "was trying to put his foot on the pedal and go" with his throwing this week, so he'll be game-ready soon barring a setback. He remains a long shot to contribute this season.
Aug 12 - 12:02 PM

Jordan Walden (shoulder) threw another bullpen session Tuesday at Busch Stadium.

Walden has now thrown off the mound six times, but Cardinals GM John Mozeliak cautioned Tuesday that the right-hander is far from contributing out of the major league bullpen. He has missed much of the last two seasons with shoulder issues. "I still think it's something that if he pitches, it will be more of a surprise than expected," Mozeliak said. "The clock is ticking, for sure."
Aug 9 - 10:13 PM

Jordan Walden (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session at Busch Stadium on Friday.

It will be his fifth since he resumed a throwing program. Walden has missed most of the last two seasons with shoulder issues and isn't close to a return, but he's not giving up hope of returning sometime in September.
Aug 5 - 4:53 PM

Cardinals transferred RHP Jordan Walden from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

Walden hasn't thrown a pitch in a meaningful game (minors or majors) since last July and probably isn't going to be an option for St. Louis down the stretch in 2016.
Jul 25 - 3:16 PM

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

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

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