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St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Corey Dickerson (calf) has been sidelined roughly three weeks and doesn't appear to be close to returning. He played the outfield for the first time during his rehab assignment on Wednesday. However, Dickerson sat out on Thursday due to lingering soreness in his calf. The Cardinals are likely to want Dickerson pain-free before he returns to the big league roster. However, Dickerson was struggling with the bat before his injury, so fantasy managers can move on from him.
St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Nolan Gorman mashed two homers against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday, part of a 4-for-4 day at the plate in which he drove in four runs. Gorman has played in 29 games since being called up, and his bat has been just as prodigious as promised. He's carrying a .280/.350/.516 slash line with six homers, 17 runs scored, and 17 RBI through 101 plate appearances. Fantasy managers who scooped him up off the wire have to be very pleased as he further entrenches himself in the middle of the Cardinals lineup.
St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (back) is being held out of Tuesday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Brendan Donovan will be covering first base for the contest. Goldschmidt is dealing with lower back tightness. The ailment is what led to him playing designated hitter instead of first base on Monday. According to Cardinals beat writer John Denton, the Cardinals are hopeful that by giving Goldschmidt Tuesday off, he'll be able to return on Wednesday. The 34-year-old has been one of the best hitters in the majors this year. Over 66 games, he's slashed .339/.417/.614 with 16 home runs, 58 RBI and 48 runs.
St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Jordan Hicks (forearm) will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday. Cardinals general manager Michael Girsh stated that Hicks is going to "pitch like a reliever" during his rehab stint, suggesting that he'll be returning to the team as a relief pitcher once he's ready. Hicks had been part of the team's starting rotation before he strained a flexor tendon in his right forearm in late May. He was struggling as a starter, pitching to a 5.02 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP over nine games (seven starts). We'll see if he can turn his season around with his rotation to the pen.
The St. Louis Cardinals placed outfielder Tyler O'Neill (hamstring) on the 10-day injured list with a left hamstring strain on Monday. Fellow outfielder Lars Nootbaar was recalled from Triple-A in a corresponding move. O'Neill suffered the injury on Sunday while he was running the base paths. Juan Yepez could stand to benefit most from O'Neill's absence over the next week and a half, though Nootbaar is sure to get some starts here and there as well. O'Neill's injury comes at a rough time as he'd been really heating up lately with a .354/.385/.521 slash line in June.