Cardinals' Adam Wainwright Likely Going on DL After Reaggravating Elbow Injury

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 14, 2018

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 17:  Adam Wainwright #50 of the St. Louis Cardinals in action against the New York Mets at Citi Field on July 17, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Cardinals defeated the Mets 6-3.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright exited Sunday's 5-3 loss to the San Diego Padres at Petco Park because of a lingering right elbow injury, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold.

Goold noted the Cardinals may put him on the disabled list in order to figure out how to treat the issue.

Wainwright allowed two earned runs on three hits before leaving the game after 2.1 innings.

He's coming off the worst season of his MLB career—excluding the 2011 and 2015 campaigns that were cut short because of injury. He finished 2017 with a 12-5 record and a 5.11 ERA in 24 appearances.

Wainwright's 4.29 FIP offered a better indicator regarding his true performance, but that number was still a full run higher than his career average (3.29), per Baseball Reference.

His injury will put a lot of pressure on the rest of the staff in the event he has to miss one or more starts, especially with Carlos Martinez already on the DL while nursingright lat strain.     

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