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53 Jordan Walden RP
Height/Weight: 6-5/250 | Birthdate: 11/16/1987 | Birthplace: Fort Worth, TX | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: St. Louis | College: Grayson County College | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $541,500 | Owned/Started%: 7/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Cardinals' Jordan Walden has muscle strain, will rest 6-10 weeks


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Cardinals pitcher Jordan Walden has been diagnosed with a muscle strain in his shoulder, requiring six-to-10 weeks of rest, but he will not need to undergo surgery, MLB.com reports.

Walden was placed on the disabled list with a biceps injury but received a second opinion on his MRI this week. He won't resume his throwing program for at least six weeks, so it's quite possible he won't return before the All-Star break. Walden has allowed one earned run in 10 1/3 innings while striking out 12 batters in 12 appearances.


Cardinals RP Jordan Walden (biceps) to get second opinion


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/5/2015) Cardinals reliever Jordan Walden will receive a second opinion later this week on his MRI, and then the team will determine the next steps in his recovery, according to MLB.com. Walden was placed on the disabled list on Sunday with right biceps inflammation.

Cardinals' Jordan Walden (biceps) getting second opinion


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Cardinals pitcher Jordan Walden will get a second opinion on his MRI this week before determining the next step of his rehab, MLB.com reports.

Walden had been limited by shoulder stiffness before a subsequent test showed he was dealing with biceps inflammation. The reliever was placed on the disabled list retroactive to April 30. He has allowed one earned run in 10 1/3 innings while striking out 12 batters in 12 appearances.


Cardinals send Jordan Walden to DL, recall Sam Tuivailala


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) The Cardinals placed reliever Jordan Walden on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, retroactive to April 30, due to right bicep inflammation and recalled pitcher Sam Tuivailala from Triple-A Memphis.

Walden was reported to be batting shoulder stiffness, and it appears further testing has unearthed the biceps injury. He has given up just one earned run in 10 1/3 innings while striking out 12 batters in 12 appearances.

Tuivailala made his major-league debut last season, allowing four earned runs while recording three outs in two appearances. He's allowed just one unearned run in nine innings with Triple-A Memphis while racking up 12 strikeouts and six walks.


Cardinals' Jordan Walden battling shoulder stiffness


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Cardinals pitcher Jordan Walden has been plagued by stiffness in his shoulder, according to a report by St. Louis Baseball Weekly

Walden said he was "not concerned" and should know more more about the shoulder issue on Sunday. 


Cardinals not concerned with Jordan Walden's workload this season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Cardinals manager Mike Matheny knows relief pitcher Jordan Walden has been used a lot this season, but it's not going to stop him from calling the righty's name this year, reports MLB.com.

Walden has appeared in 11 of the team's first 15 games with an 0-1 record and one save to his record. 

"I'd like to give all of them more rest, but once again this is where we are right now," Matheny said. "The days where they feel good… and there have been a number of days where I told him he can go down there in his tennis shoes because he's not pitching. [It's all] just depending on how the work has been and what he feels like."

Walden boasts a 0.96 ERA with 11 strikeouts and four walks so far this season.


Setup man Jordan Walden used as closer Sunday in Cards' victory


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/19/2015) Cardinals setup-man Jordan Walden came on in the closer's role Sunday and threw a scoreless ninth inning against the Reds to collect his first save of the season.

"There's nothing like it," Walden said of pitching the ninth after the game, per MLB.com. "The mindset, you try not to [have it] be [different than another inning]. But the ninth inning is the ninth inning. The fans get into it more. Everybody is ready. You just want to finish the game. Adam [Wainwright] pitched a great game. I just wanted to get him the win."

Trevor Rosenthal, the regular closer for the Cardinals, needed 20 pitches on Saturday to record the save and was not used in Sunday's game.


Cardinals' Jordan Walden takes loss in relief


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Cardinals reliever Jordan Walden took the loss, despite not allowing a hit, in a 5-4 game against the Reds on Friday.

Walden allowed two walks, two stolen bases and a sacrifice fly to break up a tie game in the eighth inning.  

Walden recorded a strikeout and threw 11 strikes in 23 pitches. 


Cardinals' Jordan Walden working to alter delivery


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Cardinals pitcher Jordan Walden is working to alter his delivery this spring, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Walden has always displayed unorthodox mechanics. During his windup, he "jumps" off the ground. While this has been successful for Walden in the past, he has some concerns about the move. "I work on it every year to get rid of it and it does hurt me sometimes, too," Walden said. "I’m a big boy and jumping on my hip takes a toll on your body. It’s kind of hard to change it, but I’m trying to modify it so that I can play longer."

During camp, he's worked to try and tone down his jump. "I'm just trying to be softer on my front side," Walden said. 

Manager Mike Matheny said the team won't ask Walden to alter anything about his delivery. "I don't want him hurting himself if you start making radical changes," Matheny said. "I don’t see us doing much tinkering until he needs it or wants it."

The 27-year-old posted a 2.88 ERA over 50 innings last year. 


Cardinals lock up RHP Jordan Walden to two-year deal


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/23/2014) The Cardinals announced they signed pitcher Jordan Walden to a two-year contract, avoiding arbitration. Walden will be locked up through 2016 and will have a club option for 2017.

The right-handed reliever was acquired from the Braves in November. The former closer for the Angels in 2011 went 0-2 with a 2.88 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and three saves in 58 appearances for Atlanta last season.


Braves acquire Miller from Cardinals in exchange for Heyward


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2014) The Braves and Cardinals announced a significant trade Monday afternoon. The Braves acquired starting pitcher Shelby Miller and pitcher Tyrell Jenkins from St. Louis in exchange for outfielder Jason Heyward and reliever Jordan Walden.

"It was very difficult to trade Jason, but deal was made to help us short-term and long-term," Braves president of baseball operations John Hart said. "This deal also improves us in an area where we are woefully, woefully thin -- our minor-league system."

Heyward had been mentioned in trade rumors leading up to Monday's deal. He is in the final year of his contract after signing a two-year extension in Feb. 2014. The 25-year-old outfielder is coming off a disappointing 2014 season. He hit .271 with a .384 slugging percentage, .735 OPS, 11 home runs, 26 doubles and 58 RBI in 149 games.

The 24-year-old Miller is also coming off a disappointing campaign. The once highly touted pitching prospect went 10-9 with a 3.74 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in 32 appearances (31 starts). While he reached a career high in innings (183), Miller struggled with his command (3.6 BB/9) and saw his strikeout rate drop significantly (6.2 K/9).

"As we look at Shelby, we see that he has a chance to become a front-of-line rotation type of guy," Hart said.

Walden, the former Angels' All-Star closer in 2011, is under team control through 2016. He was 0-2 with a 2.88 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and three saves in 58 appearances for Atlanta last season.

Jenkins is a former top-100 prospect whose career has been slowed by a shoulder injury he sustained in 2013. He returned to action in 2014, going 6-5 with a 3.28 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in 13 starts at high Class A.


Report: Walden, La Stella could be on trading block for Braves


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/13/2014) Reliever Jordan Walden and second baseman Tommy La Stella are among the players the Braves might trade this offseason, according to MLB.com writer Mark Bowman. Walden is set to make around $3 million in arbitration.

Jordan Walden records rare save Wednesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) Braves pitcher Jordan Walden recorded his third save of the season Wednesday night against the Mets. Walden struck out two of the three batters he faced in a perfect frame, needing only 13 pitches to secure a 3-1 win. He owns a 2.70 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP over 23 1/3 innings of relief.

Jordan Walden records save in extras


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2014) Braves pitcher Jordan Walden got a rare save opportunity Friday against the Nationals, as he closed out a 6-4 win in the 13th inning.

Walden set the side down in order on just 12 pitches to finish off the win, striking out one batter. He recorded his second save in as many chances, while lowering his season ERA to 3.44 in 18 1/3 innings.  


Jordan Walden activated for Tuesday's game


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) The Braves officially activated reliever Jordan Walden from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, as expected. Walden has recovered from his hamstring injury, and will be available for that evening's game against the Rockies. 

Braves expected to activate Jordan Walden on Tuesday


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(6/9/2014) The Braves are leaning toward activating reliever Jordan Walden for Tuesday's game in Colorado, reports MLB.com. Walden has finished rehabbing from his hamstring injury, and there was some speculation he could be activated Monday.

Jordan Walden could be activated Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2014) Braves pitcher Jordan Walden has had his next rehab appearance pushed back one day to Sunday to give him a little extra rest, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Walden could be activated from the disabled list and rejoin the team Tuesday in Colorado if all goes well with Sunday's outing. He has been sidelined since early May due to a hamstring injury.


Jordan Walden could return Monday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2014) Braves reliever Jordan Walden might not need much longer on his minor-league rehab assignment, as he could be back with the team by the start of a series in Colorado this Monday.

Walden is working his way back from a hamstring injury, and made his rehab debut Thursday. If he can get through an appearance Saturday without a setback, Fredi Gonzalez told the Atlanta Journal Constitution he could be back in the majors shortly.

"(Thursday) was a good outing," Gonzalez said. "Report was good, his leg's good. He'll throw another one and if everything goes well and he doesn't need another (rehab game) he can join us in Colorado."


Jordan Walden shows rust in rehab debut


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2014) Braves reliever Jordan Walden was not particularly sharp on his rehab debut Thursday, as he failed to get out of the first inning for Triple-A Gwinnett.

Pitching for the first time in more than a month, Walden looked a bit rusty. He struck out two batters in two-thirds of an innings, but tossed a wild pitch and allowed two runs on one hit before being pulled. He tossed 23 pitches in the frame, and there is no indication he suffered a setback with his hamstring at this point. 


Jordan Walden ready to roll in rehab stint


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2014) Braves reliever Jordan Walden will be pitching the first of at least two rehab assignments Thursday for Triple-A Gwinnett. He has been dealing with a hamstring issue that has prevented him from appearing in a game for the big-league club since May 4.

Jordan Walden could return during trip to Colorado


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2014) Braves pitcher Jordan Walden could be back from the disabled list within the next week, according to MLB.com Tuesday.

Walden completed another bullpen session without suffering a setback in his left hamstring injury, and could begin a minor-league rehab assignment soon. Walden has been on the disabled list since May 5, and could be back in time for a four-game series in Colorado next week.  


Jordan Walden on comeback trail


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(6/3/2014) Braves pitcher Jordan Walden threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Tuesday as he works his way back from a strained hamstring, reports the Braves Radio Network. Walden said Tuesday's session, his third, was the best yet and he hopes to return to the team after only two rehab appearances.

Walden posted a 2.92 ERA in 14 appearances before the injury.


Jordan Walden's hamstring setback to cost him few weeks


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2014) Braves pitcher Jordan Walden will be out until at least the middle of June due to a hamstring injury, according to MLB.com.

Walden was eligible to be activated from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, but is not anywhere near a return. He suffered a setback in recent days and will have to be cleared to throw off a mound once again, and there isn't a clear timetable at this point. 


Jordan Walden won't throw off a mound for a while


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2014) Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Tuesday it's going to be a while until reliever Jordan Walden (hamstring) gets back on a mound. Gonzalez added Walden needs more time to rest the hamstring.

Jordan Walden could throw 'pen session Tuesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2014) Braves reliever Jordan Walden (hamstring) was re-evaluated by team doctors on Monday and could throw a bullpen as early as Tuesday, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. He has been playing catch up to distances of 120 feet.

"It's feeling a lot better just got to keep working on it, get some more strength in there, hopefully I'll be on the mound soon," Walden said.