June 25, 2024

St. Louis will be missing their top starting pitcher on Opening Day.
The St. Louis Cardinals will officially be without their top pitcher on Opening Day.

St. Louis improved their starting rotation by signing three-time All-Star Sonny Gray, but he recently sustained a hamstring issue.

Despite making three additions this offseason, the Cardinals’ rotation remains limited, and if Gray is down over an extended period of time, the club’s perspective will shift dramatically.

On the good side, it does not appear that this will be the case. Gray’s condition has improved significantly, according to a recent update in St. Louis. While this is true, he has officially been ruled out for Opening Day but may not be placed on the Injured List, according to The Athletic’s Katie Woo.

“Sonny Gray will not be cleared before Opening Day, Oli Marmol says, but a path remains to where he won’t require a (Injured List) stint and could potentially pitch later in the first road trip of the season,” Woo said in a statement. “Miles Mikolas is your Cardinals Opening Day starter.”



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If Gray can return to the mound while missing little time, St. Louis will benefit greatly. Despite a poor performance in 2023, the Cardinals have great hopes for the 2024 season. Many expect St. Louis to be the best team in the National League Central, but it will only be possible if Gray stays healthy.

Gray is the most visible of several injuries that St. Louis is now dealing with. It’s terrible that he won’t be ready for Opening Day, but it appears he’ll be back shortly.

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