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Adam Wainwright | Starting Pitcher

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (33) / 8/30/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Adam Wainwright had cartilage, not a ligament, "trimmed" during Friday's elbow surgery.
That makes a lot more sense. Wainwright decided to have the procedure after receiving a second opinion on the elbow earlier this week. He is expected to be able to resume throwing in eight weeks and be fine for the start of next season. The Cardinals were already planning on limiting Waino's workload in spring training given how many innings he's thrown the last couple years. Oct 24 - 5:18 PM

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Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Adam Wainwright had a ligament "trimmed" in his right elbow on Friday.

The Cardinals said Monday that Wainwright wouldn't need an operation, but the righty had a second opinion after that which obviously revealed the need for surgery. The good news is that general manager John Mozeliak said Waino should be able to throw in six weeks and the procedure would not affect the righty's availability for next season. The Cards were already planning on limiting Waino's workload in spring training given how many innings he's thrown the last couple years.
Oct 24 - 4:30 PM

Bleacher Report's Will Carroll reports that Adam Wainwright has already had or is scheduled to have surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow.

It backs up a previous report from CBS Sports 920's Bob Ramsey. The Cardinals said earlier this week that Wainwright wouldn't need an operation after battling an elbow issue for much of the second half, but it appears he may have received another opinion. The good news is that a bone spur removal is a relatively minor procedure and shouldn't affect his availability for Opening Day. The Cards were already planning on limiting Waino's workload in spring training.
Oct 24 - 4:11 PM

Adam Wainwright had his right elbow examined Friday and everything checked out "optimistically."

That's what Cardinals GM John Mozeliak told the media at his end-of-season press conference Monday at Busch Stadium, adding that Wainwright "should have a normal offseason." Waino had one good start but two bad starts during the playoffs and there was talk of his elbow acting up. But that discomfort likely had more to do with heavy usage than anything ligament-related or structural.
Oct 20 - 12:12 PM

Adam Wainwright put together a terrific effort but was saddled with a no-decision Thursday, holding the Giants to two runs over seven innings.

Wainwright looked a little shaky early but really settled in to have easily his best showing this postseason. The tall right-hander struck out seven, allowed four hits and walked one. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny elected to pull Waino after he had thrown 97 pitches, and Pat Neshek promptly served up a game-tying homer to the first batter he faced. Wainwright dealt with elbow issues down the stretch, but there's been no indication that there's long-term concern.
Oct 16 - 11:55 PM

Adam Wainwright (elbow) told reporters Wednesday that he is "very confident going forward."

Wainwright threw a successful bullpen session Wednesday afternoon in San Francisco in anticipation of his NLCS Game 5 start against the Giants. He has claimed that his issues in Game 1 were more mechanical than physical, but the heavily-used right-hander is quite clearly pitching at less than full strength here in mid-October. Wainwright will be facing off against Madison Bumgarner on Thursday night at AT&T Park.
Oct 15 - 5:07 PM

Adam Wainwright said after Saturday's game that his right elbow is "not 100 percent, but I think it was 100 percent better than the last time I pitched."

Waino insists that his issues against the Giants were more mechanical than physical. "Where I was at a loss was that the ball wasn't coming out like it should have, and that was because it was probably a foot behind where I normally throw," he said. "I'm normally about a foot closer to the plate when I release the ball, which makes it harder to hit, obviously, but also gives me better finish on all those balls." Wainwright has yet to go five innings in either of his two starts this postseason, but it doesn't sound like he's in any danger of being removed from the rotation. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said after the game that Waino "did a nice job of fighting without his best stuff" and that the righty "goes out there and finds a way to get it done." Wainwright is lined up to start Game 5 in San Francisco, assuming the series lasts that long.
Oct 12 - 8:56 AM

Adam Wainwright struggled to be effective Saturday, giving up six hits and three runs -- two earned -- in 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Giants in Game 1 of the NLCS.

Wainwright seemed to quiet all the talk leading into the game about his health with a quick first inning, but the Giants scraped across two runs in the second with the help of a Matt Carpenter fielding error. Even with his defense not helping him out, Wainwright labored all night -- the right-hander walked three while striking out just two, and he needed 98 pitched to get through 4 2/3 innings. The start was the second rough outing for Wainwright this postseason, and the questions about his health will surely resurface following Saturday's unusual performance.
Oct 11 - 11:35 PM

Adam Wainwright said Friday that he's "fine" and that his elbow issue is "being way overblown."

"It's fine," he said. "The problem I have is being way overblown. I'll be fine to pitch like I always do." Wainwright dealt with some tendinitis earlier this season and the issue has flared up again recently. He was bashed for six runs in 4 1/3 innings against the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLDS, but the big right-hander doesn't seem to think that the injury will be a problem going forward.
Oct 10 - 3:08 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Thursday that Adam Wainwright (elbow) is "perfectly fine."

Wainwright struggled against the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLDS and there were murmurings that he might not start Game 5 due to lingering elbow trouble that dates back several months. But the ace right-hander threw a bullpen session without issue on Thursday afternoon at Busch Stadium and is locked in as the Cardinals' NLCS Game 1 starter Saturday against the Giants. Lance Lynn will start Game 2, John Lackey will start Game 3, and Shelby Miller will start Game 4.
Oct 9 - 1:59 PM

The Cardinals plan to start Adam Wainwright in Game 1 of the NLCS against the Giants on Sunday, but will have Lance Lynn ready as an alternative in game he's not ready to go.

In other words, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny hasn't wavered from his thoughts if the NLDS ended up going to a Game 5. Wainwright has pitched through some tendinitis and discomfort around his right elbow for several months, so the Cardinals want a backup plan at the ready in case he's not feeling right. It's worth noting that the Cards' ace gave up six runs in 4 1/3 innings against the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLDS.
Oct 8 - 1:19 PM

Adam Wainwright said after Tuesday's game that he'll be ready to start Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday.

He also said he would have been ready to go had there been a Game 5 of the NLDS. Wainwright admitted to dealing with a physical issue, though he wouldn't reveal exactly what it was. He's nursed elbow tendinitis at times this season, so that's likely the issue again here. While it appears he'll be fine to pitch through it, his results could be affected. Waino allowed six runs on 11 hits in just 4 1/3 innings in his NLDS Game 1 start.
Oct 7 - 9:22 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny indicated Tuesday that Adam Wainwright's availability for a potential Game 5 of the NLDS on Thursday is in question.

Wainwright is the planned starter if the series gets that far, but he has dealt with soreness and stiffness in his elbow at times during the second half, so Matheny plans to have Lance Lynn at the ready just in case. "Just making sure that Waino feels right," said Matheny. "We’ve got two guys on regular rest it wouldn’t be a stretch to have either one of them go. There’s no question that Waino has been fighting it. I haven’t made that a secret and neither has he. It’s all going to come down to how he feels. The likelihood of him saying, ‘I can’t go,’ is very slim. But it is a possibility that something might not feel right."
Oct 7 - 3:47 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Tuesday that Adam Wainwright and Lance Lynn are options to start Game 5 of the NLDS against the Dodgers, if necessary.

Lynn would be on regular rest if Matheny decides to go that way. Still, we'd be stunned if Wainwright didn't get the call with the season on the line. Of course, the Cardinals are hoping a decisive fifth game won't be necessary, so Wainwright is lined up for Game 1 of the NLCS.
Oct 7 - 1:31 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Saturday that it's "not highly likely" that Adam Wainwright would start Game 4 of the NLDS on short rest.

Matheny did say he "wouldn’t rule it out" but conceded that "it would be a pretty good stretch to see him go on short rest." It's no surprise, as Wainwright really struggled in Game 1 and the Cards have a red-hot Shelby Miller available for Game 4. Waino would get Game 5 if the series goes the distance.
Oct 5 - 9:11 AM

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