Updates from Wednesday, June 18
Matheny said that Adam Wainwright is scheduled to throw on flat ground Wednesday to test his inflamed right elbow. There is still every expectation that Wainwright will make his next scheduled start on Saturday.
After throwing, Langosch provided an update on how it went and what's next for Wainwright:
Adam Wainwright declared himself ready to start, as scheduled, on Saturday after throwing 35-40 pitches in a morning bullpen session at Busch Stadium on Wednesday.
Wainwright, who skipped his start Monday due to lingering tendinitis in his right elbow, increased the intensity of Wednesday's session to give his arm an ample test. The Cardinals were prepared to have him miss another outing had his elbow not responded as hoped to the recent rest.
"I'm smiling right now," Wainwright said, minutes after throwing. "The feeling that I had last game was incredibly annoying, incredibly bothersome. I don't have that anymore, so I'm smiling. I think now we take steps to make sure we maintain things and do a little more work in the training room for the next couple of weeks probably to make sure it doesn't come back. After that, we're smooth sailing."
Updates from Saturday, June 14
Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal has an update on Wainwright's status:
Wainwright will skip Monday start for #STLCards. Mozeliak says team didn't want to "push envelope." Expected to take next turn Saturday.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 14, 2014
Updates from Friday, June 13
MLB.com's Alex Halsted has an update on Wainwright:
Adam Wainwright will play catch tomorrow and see if he's good for his next start. Spent a lot of time saying it'll be fine.— Alex Halsted (@AlexHalsted) June 13, 2014
Wainwright said it just makes more sense to wait a few days if he's not 100 percent. Stressed the injury isn't his ligament.— Alex Halsted (@AlexHalsted) June 13, 2014
One day removed from another masterful performance, St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright is suffering from an elbow injury that required an MRI on Wednesday.
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch broke the news of Wainwright's injury:
Wainwright returned to STL to have his elbow examined, MRI, today. official said. Not related to TJ ligament. News up @stltoday— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) June 11, 2014
MRI and treatment for Wainwright related to tendinitis he had experienced couple starts ago, mentioned this morning: http://t.co/nMSoKcAmpB— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) June 11, 2014
Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com also provides more details following the MRI:
GM John Mozeliak did tell #stlcards flagship radio station (KMOX) that there is no ligament tear, just discomfort similar to tennis elbow.— Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) June 11, 2014
With a steady stream of injuries requiring Tommy John surgery to notable pitchers like Jose Fernandez, Matt Moore and Kris Medlen, the Cardinals have to be breathing a sigh of relief.
Wainwright underwent Tommy John surgery back in 2011, so Cardinals fans had reason to fear the worst. But following the MRI, Wainwright doesn't appear to have suffered a similar fate.
Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak addressed the severity of the injury, per Chris Hrabe of KMOX Radio:
Mozeliak says UCL ligament is "completely fine" & discomfort sometimes called "tennis elbow." Wainwright will be evaluated next few days...— Chris Hrabe (@chrabe) June 11, 2014
Wainwright has put together another stellar season in St. Louis. Equipped with a 9-3 record, 2.15 ERA and 91 strikeouts on the year, Wainwright has established himself as a National League Cy Young contender.
In the eyes of Jonah Keri of Grantland, pitching through injuries this season makes Wainwright's status among the elite all the more impressive:
The Cards ace also pitched a phenomenal game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night, shutting them out over seven innings to earn the win.
Whether Wainwright will miss a start or land on the disabled list has not been revealed. If the initial reports are correct, Wainwright shouldn't miss much time at all unless it's for precautionary reasons.
Rest might just be the only real remedy here for Wainwright as he looks to recover. With a series coming up against the Washington Nationals followed by the New York Mets, the Cards will need their top hurler on the mound to make a run at the first-place Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central.
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