St. Louis Cardinals reliever Jordan Hicks last pitched in a Major League Game on June 22, 2019. 634 days later he was back on the mound in a major league game coming on to pitch in the fifth inning of their game against the Mets on Sunday, facing leading off hitter Luis Guillorme. After jumping ahead 0-2 in the count, Hicks and Guillorme battled in a 22-pitch at-bat, including 15 pitches fouled off. Guillorme eventually drew a walk.

Hicks gave Guillorme credit, “Way to battle.” However, it wasn’t all bad for Hicks who underwent Tommy John surgery in June 2019 and opted out of the 2020 season as a high-risk individual (Type 1 diabetes). Hicks hit six pitches over 100 mph and while he said he could have been a little sharper, he was satisfied with the work.  Hicks last pitched in a backfield game a few days ago against a B-squad of Washington Nationals, and only threw fastballs and that was the plan for his one-inning of work on Sunday; throw fastballs and if he got ahead in the count, try his slider. Hicks said it was good enough to induce foul balls, but not swings and misses.