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Cardinals RHP Sonny Gray could miss Opening Day due to a hamstring injury

Sonny Gray has a right hamstring strain that could jeopardize his opening day start for the St. Louis Cardinals.

The right-handed pitcher, who signed a three-year, $75 million contract in November, was taken off the mound Monday after just 20 pitches against the Washington Nationals.

St. Louis initially announced the three-time All-Star was dealing with shortness of breath, but updated the diagnosis Tuesday after his MRI results.

“We have had encouraging news that it is a mild strain. There is no talk of a return to the game [date] on it,” said John Mozeliak, president of baseball operations. “It’s been less than 24 hours. We’ll see how he reacts in the coming days. But we are certainly encouraged by the MRI measurement. Fingers crossed that this isn’t something that will stick around for too long.”

The Cardinals are approaching this with great caution as Gray has a history of hamstring injuries. He missed time twice in 2022 while with the Minnesota Twins.

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Gray is expected to be St. Louis’ ace after a 2023 season that saw him finish second in American League Cy Young voting, an 8-8 record, 2.79 ERA and 183 strikeouts in 184 innings pitched. The Cardinals are trying to bounce back from a 71-91 record that saw them finish last in the National League Central.

St. Louis could potentially turn to Miles Mikolas, who started last season on Opening Day, to take on the Los Angeles Dodgers on March 28. The Cardinals also have pitchers Kyle Gibson and Lance Lynn in their ranks.

However, a replacement for Gray has not yet been decided. Mozeliak said they will have more insight in a few days to help decide on next steps.

“It would be a challenge at this point, I think [to start Opening Day]Mozeliak said. “We just have to give it some air, a little space, and we will understand more in the coming days.”

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