My guess is Hicks would not be part of the equation, other than possibly being available should the club get to the post-season. If it looks like St. Louis will be in the post season, I am thinking Hicks may get some appearances in late September.
But that is conjecture only, and not based on anything I read or heard.
Game management and BP usage will be three times more important this season than in the past. Without a full ST and not pitching for a year, hopefully he’s not thrown into the late innings and is eased in through blowout games, where the Cards are up 10+ over the Cubs!