Adam Wainwright Injury: Updates on Cardinals Pitcher's Elbow and Recovery

R. Cory SmithSenior Writer IJune 11, 2014

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Updates from Wednesday, June 18

Jenifer Langosch of has the latest on Wainwright:

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:

Updates from Friday, June 13's Alex Halsted has an update on Wainwright:

Original Text

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:

Jenifer Langosch of also provides more details following the MRI:

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:

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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