Chicago Cubs pitcher Jordan Wicks throws the ball against the...

Chicago Cubs pitcher Jordan Wicks throws the ball against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 14, 2024, in Chicago. Credit: AP/David Banks

CHICAGO — Cubs starter Jordan Wicks left Friday's 3-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals because of a strained right oblique and will likely be placed on the injured list, manager Craig Counsell said.

Wicks exited in the second inning. He walked off the field accompanied by a trainer after giving up a two-out single to Dylan Carlson. Kyle Hendricks came in and retired Brendan Donovan on a grounder to second.

“He felt it a couple pitches before, and then after he threw a couple more pitches, knew he couldn’t do any more," Counsell said. "So, we’ll get imaging tomorrow and likely IL, and we’ll go from there.”

Wicks gave up two hits and struck out two in his first start and second appearance since returning from a strained left forearm. He was sidelined for six weeks.

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