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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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Adam Wainwright has been diagnosed with an abdominal strain and will rest for the next 4-5 days.
Wainwright felt some discomfort in his abdomen earlier this week while placing a 45 lb. weight back on a rack at the Cardinals' spring training complex in Jupiter, Florida and flew back to St. Louis on Thursday to meet with a specialist. Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said the diagnosis of a strain is the "best news we could have gotten." Wainwright's elbow is the bigger concern heading into the 2015 regular season, but he can still be penciled in as the team's Opening Day starter. Feb 26 - 1:04 PM

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Adam Wainwright said Wednesday that he's optimistic about the prognosis of his abdominal injury.

"Anything I say about it would just be speculation, I don’t think it’s very serious at all," Wainwright said. "I think we’re probably going up there and probably not going to see much of anything at all, but I don’t know that." Wainwright injured himself placing a weight back on a rack while working out. He's certainly saying the right things, but we'll know something closer to the truth Thursday after the right-hander visits a specialist in St. Louis.
Feb 25 - 11:35 PM

Adam Wainwright is dealing with abdominal pain and will fly to St. Louis on Thursday to see a specialist.

The pain has limited his workouts, but not his ability to throw. Still, the Cardinals want to know what their ace is dealing with. We should have a better idea about his status later this week. The Cardinals will have to cross their fingers for now.
Feb 24 - 1:54 PM

Adam Wainwright (elbow) played catch on Friday for the first time since undergoing surgery in October.

Wainwright underwent the procedure to have a ligament trimmed in his elbow. He is making good progress in his recovery and is on track to be ready for Opening Day.
Jan 17 - 1:05 PM

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.
Fri, Oct 24, 2014 05:18:00 PM

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.
Fri, Oct 24, 2014 04:30:00 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.
Fri, Oct 24, 2014 04:11:00 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.
Mon, Oct 20, 2014 12:12:00 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.
Thu, Oct 16, 2014 11:55:00 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.
Wed, Oct 15, 2014 05:07:00 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.
Sun, Oct 12, 2014 08:56:00 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.
Sat, Oct 11, 2014 11:35:00 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.
Fri, Oct 10, 2014 03:08:00 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.
Thu, Oct 9, 2014 01:59:00 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.
Wed, Oct 8, 2014 01:19:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Tony Cruz
3Ed Easley
4Cody Stanley
5Michael Ohlman
1B1Matt Adams
2Mark Reynolds
3Xavier Scruggs
4Scott Moore
2B1Kolten Wong
2Dean Anna
SS1Jhonny Peralta
2Pete Kozma
3Greg Garcia
3B1Matt Carpenter
2Ty Kelly
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Jon Jay
2Peter Bourjos
3Thomas Pham
RF1Jason Heyward
2Randal Grichuk
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Lance Lynn
4John Lackey
5Carlos Martinez
6Jaime Garcia
7Marco Gonzales
8Tyler Lyons
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Jordan Walden
3Seth Maness
4Matt Belisle
5Randy Choate
6Sam Freeman
7Kevin Siegrist
8Nick Greenwood
9Carlos Villanueva
10Samuel Tuivailala
11Miguel Socolovich
12Marcus Hatley