It probably isn't surprising news to hear that another St. Louis Cardinals' pitcher is headed to the DL. This time, however, it is the staff ace, Adam Wainwright.
After what looked like a very minor injury, a sprained finger, that occurred while pitching in the sixth inning of a game against the Houston Astros, Wainwright is hitting the shelf for fifteen days.
Besides Todd Wellemeyer, Wainwright has been the other consistent starter for the Cardinals all season, boasting a 6-3 record with a 3.14 ERA.
This poses a pretty large issue for the Cards, as they are trying to keep pace with the MLB-best Chicago Cubs. Having minor leaguers come up at such a high rate seems to be working for the Cardinals now, but it is not something they can rely on for the long haul.
Hopefully starters Wellemeyer and Joel Pineiro will come back to join the ball club soon, but nothing can be too sure at this juncture.
At 11 games over the .500 mark, the casual fan might think that the Cards are cruising. However, this long list of injuries is not shortening any time soon, especially with respect to the pitching staff.
Hopefully the redbirds can win another series when they head to Cincinnati for a three-game set. Rookie Mitchell Boggs will get the spot start as the Cardinals attempt to win three games in a row.