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Adam Wainwright | Starting Pitcher | #50

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (36) / 8/30/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'7" / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2000 / Rd. 1 (29) / ATL
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Adam Wainwright had arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow Tuesday.
Wainwright wrote on his personal Twitter account Tuesday night that the Cardinals' medical staff said the surgery "went great!" The veteran right-hander posted a disappointing 5.11 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 123 1/3 innings this season while showing further-diminished velocity on his fastball and cutter. Wainwright should be ready for the start of spring training next February, but he'll make for a poor fantasy bet in his age-36 campaign. Oct 4 - 9:31 AM

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Adam Wainwright will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow Tuesday.

The procedure will involve the trimming of some cartilage. As far as elbow surgeries go, this one is relatively minor, as Wainwright will need six weeks of rehab and will have no restrictions come spring training. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny also added Sunday that he "absolutely" plans for Wainwright to be part of the rotation in 2018. The veteran righty holds a disappointing 4.81 ERA over the last two seasons. Wainwright is set to make $19.5 million next season in the final year of his contract.
Oct 1 - 2:45 PM

Adam Wainwright indicated after his relief appearance Saturday that his elbow is still an issue.

Wainwright was activated from the disabled list last week after missing a month with a right elbow impingement, but his velocity remained down and it's clear he's still not close to 100 percent. When asked how much discomfort he's pitching through, the righty said that "we'll talk about that after the season." The Cardinals and Wainwright will determine after the season whether he'll undergo surgery.
Sep 24 - 3:10 PM

Cardinals activated RHP Adam Wainwright from the 10-day disabled list.

Wainwright will work out of the bullpen for the remainder of the season after missing over a month with a right elbow impingement. The veteran is sitting on a disappointing 5.12 ERA and 1.49 WHIP in 121 1/3 innings (23 starts) this summer. He is owed $19.5 million in 2018, the final year of a five-year, $97.5 million deal.
Sep 19 - 4:13 PM

Adam Wainwright (elbow) is expected to finish the season in a relief role.

Wainwright didn't have any issues with his elbow in a simulated game on Sunday, but there's just not enough time remaining in the season to get him properly stretched out. "It's hard to imagine getting him back into the rotation with, realistically, 13 days left," said Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak. This means that rookie right-hander Jack Flaherty is poised to keep his rotation spot, possibly through the end of the season. Wainwright has missed a month with a right elbow impingement.
Sep 18 - 12:24 PM

Adam Wainwright (elbow) threw live batting practice Sunday.

Wainwright said afterward that he felt good and he expects to be available out of the Cardinals' bullpen beginning on Tuesday. That means Jack Flaherty will remain in the club's rotation. Wainwright has been out since mid-August with a right elbow impingement.
Sep 17 - 11:40 AM

Adam Wainwright (elbow) is expected to throw one more bullpen session before being activated from the disabled list.

Wainwright threw a bullpen session Thursday, which Cardinals manager Mike Matheny caught himself. "He got better as he went," said Matheny." I thought it was pretty good." It's unclear when Wainwright will throw again, but it likely will be this weekend. The Cards haven't revealed what his role will be when he does return, but relieving is seen as more likely than starting. "It could be seven innings. It could be one inning," Wainwright said. "My arm feels like it’s supposed to — long or short."
Sep 15 - 12:13 PM

Adam Wainwright (elbow) completed another bullpen session Thursday at Busch Stadium.

It sounds like the Cardinals might soon activate Wainwright from the disabled list, though it's unclear whether he will be used as a starter or reliever down the stretch. The veteran right-hander has been sidelined since mid-August with a right elbow impingement. He holds a rough 5.12 ERA and 1.49 WHIP in 23 outings this season.
Sep 14 - 12:22 PM

Adam Wainwright (elbow) threw a 24-pitch bullpen session Tuesday at Busch Stadium.

Wainwright told reporters afterward that he "located everything well" during the workout. No word on the velocity. The next step for the veteran right-hander will be live batting practice, tentatively scheduled for Thursday. He's been out since August 18 because of a right elbow impingement.
Sep 12 - 5:08 PM

Adam Wainwright (elbow) played catch Saturday without issue.

"Threw a flat ground today, everything went great," said the veteran right-hander. "Looking at a day off and either a bullpen on Monday or Tuesday, then the next one will be a ‘live’ whenever it happens." Wainwright was placed on the disabled list August 18 with a right elbow impingement. He holds a disappointing 5.12 ERA and 1.49 WHIP in 23 starts this season for St. Louis.
Sep 9 - 8:29 PM

Adam Wainwright (elbow) will ramp up a throwing program during the Cardinals' homestand that begins on Friday.

Wainwright was shut down for a while after receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right elbow in mid-August, but he's slowly being built back up. It's unclear at this point how far away he might be from rejoining the Cardinals' rotation. Jack Flaherty is currently occupying Wainwright's spot.
Sep 8 - 1:21 PM

Adam Wainwright received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right elbow and will be shut down for the next 10-14 days.

The Cardinals are still hopeful that he'll be able to return this season, but from a fantasy perspective it's time to cut bait in redraft leagues. Luke Weaver will occupy his rotation spot while he's out.
Aug 19 - 2:50 PM

Cardinals placed RHP Adam Wainwright on the 10-day disabled list with a right elbow impingement.

Wainwright's velocity was down significantly in his last two starts, so he'll take a break for a while. Luke Weaver will assume his spot in the rotation and is worth picking up in fantasy leagues.
Aug 18 - 4:15 PM

Adam Wainwright is heading back to St. Louis to have his ailing right arm examined.

Wainwright's velocity has hovered in the 82-85 mph range in his last two starts and after the first outing he admitted that he's dealing with some pain on the outside of his elbow/triceps area. For what it's worth, he said at the time that it's something that pops up on him now and then and eventually goes away. With Wainwright struggling and Luke Weaver available to step in (he threw two scoreless relief innings Thursday after Wainwright exited), the Cardinals could make a move here.
Aug 18 - 8:12 AM

Adam Wainwright allowed five runs on seven hits over three innings Thursday against the Pirates.

Wainwright just had nothing, struggling to touch high-80s with his fastball, and the Bucs teed off accordingly. He's now recorded just one strikeout in his last three starts combined, and he hasn't fanned more than three in a single start since July 8. The warning signs are everywhere. In 23 starts overall, the 35-year-old is 12-5 with a 5.12 ERA and 1.49 WHIP. He'll look for some more encouraging signs Wednesday against the Padres.
Aug 18 - 1:19 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Carson Kelly
1B1Matt Carpenter
2Jose Martinez
3Luke Voit
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
3Breyvic Valera
SS1Paul DeJong
3B1Jedd Gyorko
LF1Marcell Ozuna
2Tyler O'Neill
CF1Tommy Pham
2Harrison Bader
3Oscar Mercado
RF1Dexter Fowler
2Randal Grichuk
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Carlos Martinez
2Adam Wainwright
3Lance Lynn
4Michael Wacha
5Luke Weaver
6Miles Mikolas
7John Gant
8Alex Reyes
9Austin Gomber
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Luke Gregerson
2Tyler Lyons
3John Brebbia
4Brett Cecil
5Matt Bowman
6Sam Tuivailala
7Ryan Sherriff
8Joshua Lucas
9Derian Gonzalez