This article is part of our Fantasy Baseball Injury Report series.
The Cardinals reliever has been a valuable fantasy option, using his overpowering fastball and devastating slider to collect 14 saves with a 0.94 WHIP and 9.73 K/9. Unfortunately, he may need some time off after making an early exit over the weekend. The team later revealed Hicks is dealing with triceps tendinitis in his throwing arm and will undergo additional testing.
The triceps isn't as commonly discussed as the other muscles of the arm but is an integral muscle in the kinetic chain. The triceps originates at three different points, one on the shoulder blade and two on the distal end of the upper arm bone, the humerus. The muscle extends down the arm and anchors on the ulna just past the elbow. This unique positioning makes it a "two-joint" muscle, meaning it plays a role in motion at both the shoulder and the elbow. These dual responsibilities make it a vital part of pitching mechanics. Any limitation in the triceps could negatively impact both areas, a particularly problematic concern for a player who has history of shoulder inflammation.
While the team is currently listing him as day-to-day, fantasy owners should prepare for a potential stint on the injured list. A conservative approach to care, especially when Hicks' throwing style and pitching arsenal are considered, would go a long way to ensuring his long-term health. John Gant is in line to take over the closer role for the Red Birds.
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