On June 7, 2008, Adam Wainwright experienced what looked to be a very minor injury to his right middle finger.
Now, on August 21, 2008, Wainwright is preparing to start his first ball game since hitting the DL more than two months ago.
As the St. Louis Cardinals ace, Wainwright compiled a 6-3 record with a 3.14 ERA, which was best in the corps of starters at the time of his injury.
What should we expect from the big righty? According to manager Tony La Russa, quite frankly, not too much.
The Redbirds have slotted Joel Pineiro to take the back part of the game from Wainwright, who is only expected to toss a few innings.
It would be awfully nice to see Wainwright put together some solid innings, especially against the franchise that drafted him, the Atlanta Braves.
His 6-3 record doesn't exactly speak the whole truth about his year. He has gone 8+ innings in four starts this year, not to mention five more starts of at least seven innings.
Cardinals fan should definitely be excited, especially if the Birds can start winning games and get some help from the Milwaukee Brewers.
Right now, it's pretty reasonable to say that the Cardinals are out of reach in the NL Central race, as they are currently 7.5 games behind the Chicago Cubs.
That being said, the Redbirds are only 2.5 games out of the NL Wild Card race, and definitely have a legitimate chance at beating out the Brewers if they can put some wins together down the stretch.
While Wainwright isn't a certain win every time out, it's as close as the Cardinals have right now.