Tommy Pham was a breakout star in 2017 for the Cardinals, finishing 11th in MVP voting despite not making the All-Star team.
Pham entered 2018 with high expectations, and has fulfilled them so far while St. Louis sits in the middle of the pack in the NL Central. Coming into Saturday's contest with Chicago, Pham was batting a cool .327 with five home runs and 14 RBI.
Yet, the star outfielder just got some bad news. Pham's been dealing with groin tightness all season, and was forced to leave the game after a flare-up.
Tommy Pham leaves game with groin tightness https://t.co/LpKTx038jY— Rotoworld Baseball (@Rotoworld_BB) May 5, 2018
The Cardinals can't afford a long-term injury to Pham, but this likely won't keep him out long. Instead, it's a lingering issue that has yet to work itself out, which is especially annoying for Pham.
Pham's been on a roll since last May, outplaying basically the entire National League in that time period.
Tommy Pham called up 5/5/17— Craig Edwards (@craigjedwards) May 4, 2018
NL WAR Leaders since then
Tommy Pham-7.6 (644 PA)
Pham's been the best player in the league (2nd in MLB to Judge at 8.1) and it isn't particularly close.
Hopefully Pham can avoid a stint on the disabled list, but the longer this injury lingers, the more likely that sad reality becomes.