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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 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

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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

Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright struggled in a no-decision against the Dodgers in Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Friday, surrendering six runs on 11 hits in just 4 1/3 innings of work.

He struck out five and walked one in the rough outing. The final nail in the coffin was a two-run blast off the bat of A.J. Ellis that forced him out of the game in the fifth. It marked just the second time in 10 career postseason starts that the veteran right-hander surrendered more than three runs. Fortunately for Wainwright, he was let off the hook when the Cardinals offense mounted an improbable rally against Clayton Kershaw in the seventh inning.
Oct 3 - 10:39 PM

With the National League Central Division title already clinched, the Cardinals have pulled Adam Wainwright from his scheduled start against the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

The Cardinals ace will undoubtedly be on the hill for the first game of the National League Division Series. He concludes a tremendous regular season with a 20-9 record, 2.38 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 179/50 K/BB ratio over 227 innings of work in 32 starts.
Sep 28 - 4:04 PM

Adam Wainwright shut out the Cubs for seven innings Monday to become the year's second 20-game winner.

Wainwright joined Clayton Kershaw at 20 wins. The only other pitcher with a shot of getting there would seem to be Johnny Cueto, who has 18 wins with two starts left. Madison Bumgarner also has 18 wins and could have two starts left, but it's more likely that he'll be held back for the wild card game than it is that he'll start Sunday. It's Wainwright's second career 20-win season, the other coming in 2010. He's won each of his last five starts, and his ERA is back down to 2.38.
Sep 22 - 11:18 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2A.J. Pierzynski
3Tony Cruz
1B1Matt Adams
2Xavier Scruggs
2B1Kolten Wong
2Mark Ellis
3Daniel Descalso
SS1Jhonny Peralta
2Pete Kozma
3Greg Garcia
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Jon Jay
2Peter Bourjos
3Thomas Pham
RF1Randal Grichuk
2Oscar Taveras
3Shane Robinson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Lance Lynn
4John Lackey
5Shelby Miller
6Jaime Garcia
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Pat Neshek
3Seth Maness
4Randy Choate
5Sam Freeman
6Jason Motte
7Carlos Martinez
8Kevin Siegrist
9Justin Masterson
10Tyler Lyons
11Nick Greenwood
12Marco Gonzales
13Samuel Tuivailala