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50 Adam Wainwright SP
Height/Weight: 6-7/228 | Birthdate: 8/30/1981 | Birthplace: Brunswick, GA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: St. Louis | College: No College | MLB Experience: 9 | Salary: $12,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 97/91 | Average Draft Position: 23.92
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Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright struggles in loss Thursday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Making his second spring training appearance, Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright received the loss during Thursday's game against the Marlins.

Wainwright started the game and threw 3 1/2 innings, but surrendered six hits for four runs. He struck out two batters and walked one. He also gave up a solo home run to Giancarlo Stanton.

Despite his struggles during the game, Wainwright said he was encouraged with how the start ended, reports MLB.com.

"I was driving the ball for the first time all spring," Wainwright said. "It was the best I've felt all spring. I know it's not against hitters, but it translates for me... Those [extra pitches] were very productive. I went from being kind of frustrated by the way I pitched to when I left that cage thinking, 'I'm ready for next time."

Wainwright will make his final spring start in five days and said he'll treat as a regular-season game.

"There were plenty of times today where I probably would have normally thrown a cutter or a hook, and I threw a changeup or a fastball," Wainwright said. "In my next bullpen session, I'll put a little more into it. Then in a game, I'll go into it like a normal regular-season game."


Cardinals' Adam Wainwright goes four scoreless in spring debut


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright returned to the mound after missing more than a month with an abdominal strain. Wainwright went four scoreless innings in his spring debut. 

Wainwright gave up four hits and walked a batter while striking out three of the 16 batters he faced. 


Cardinals' Adam Wainwright will make spring debut on Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright has been penciled in to make his Grapefruit League debut on Saturday against Atlanta, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Wainwright has been sidelined from game action all spring because of an abdominal strain he suffered in February. The right-hander completed a 50-pitch simulated game against minor-leaguers on Monday and was deemed game-ready.

Wainwright posted a 2.38 ERA over 227 innings in 2014.


Cards' Wainwright completes simulated game, nearing game action


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2015) Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright completed a 50-pitch simulated game against minor-leaguers on Monday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Wainwright, who is recovering from an abdominal strain he suffered in February, took part in fielding drills on Saturday and appears on track for a spring start this week.

"Game, I think," Wainwright said when asked what's next. "Real game is next. Whenever they tell me to pitch is when I'll be pitching."


Adam Wainwright completes fielding drills for Cardinals


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2015) Adam Wainwright was able to fully participate in fielding drills for the Cardinals on Saturday, according to MLB.com's Jennifer Langosh.

"Everything felt good," Wainwright said afterward. "I think everything is very positive."

Later in the day, manager Mike Matheny said Wainwright would pitch a simulated game on Monday, with fielders behind him to give a realistic game experience.

The righthander is recovering from an abdominal strain and appears to be on track to make his first start of the spring within the week. 


Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright says he'll be ready for season


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3/12/2015) After throwing two simulated innings Thursday, Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright said that there was "more than enough time" to get ready for the start of the season, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

As he recovers from an abdominal strain, Wainwright has not yet run at full speed and has been limited in the amount of work he does at camp. But he continues to build arm strength as he awaits his first start of the spring. 

"I really would like to throw against hitters whether out there or in a game," Wainwright said. "You learn a lot from hitters. Their swings don't lie."


Cardinals' Adam Wainwright, Jon Jay getting closer to return


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2015) Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright and outfielder Jon Jay are getting closer to getting back on the field, reports MLB.com.

Wainwright faced live hitters for the first time Sunday and is expected to throw another batting practice before appearing in his first game this spring. He may do that by Thursday.

"[We'll] just continue to kind of push him a little bit," manager Mike Matheny said.

Meanwhile, Jay is still recovering from offseason wrist surgery, but has been able to swing.

"If he can get things going [by next week]," Matheny said, "he's still right on track to be ready to go [for Opening Day]."


Adam Wainwright pitches to hitters at Cardinals camp


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Adam Wainwright pitched to live hitters, Sunday, for the first time this spring.

The Cardinals pitcher is recovering from an abdominal strain, suffered in February. Wainwright threw approximately 35 pitches. 

"Some good pitches were made out there," Wainwright told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "Some rusty pitches were made out there. It’s all about getting back on the mound. I just had a great time. Glad to be out there pitching again. You can throw as many bullpens as you want but when you go out there and crank it up it's a little bit different."


Cardinals P Adam Wainwright (abdomen) to throw live BP Sunday


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright plans on throwing a live batting practice this coming Sunday in spring training, according to MLB.com

This would follow a high-intensity bullpen of nearly 50 pitches he threw on Thursday. 

"Good bullpen. I stepped up the intensity and velocity of everything, all my pitches," Wainwright said, via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I threw with a greater convicton. I felt very good coming out of it. I felt very good doing it. So, very good step."

Wainwright is coming off of an abdomen injury sustained in February. 

Cardinals' Wainwright (abdominal) throws off mound Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright was back on the mound Monday to throw his first bullpen session since being sidelined last week due to an abdominal strain, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Wainwright threw 30-40 pitches and mixed in his curveball.

"His arm feels good," manager Mike Matheny said, per MLB.com. "It's in a great slot. Everything is coming out nice. We just have to stay on top of it."

Monday marked the first time Wainwright was on the mound since the first official day for pitchers and catchers 10 days ago.

Matheny said Wainwright will have to face hitters in batting practice before being able to pitch in a game.

"My arm feels great," Wainwright said, per MLB.com. "My body is in the perfect position to throw the ball. It's getting better each time. … I was very happy with where my pitches were. I kept the ball down for the most part; that's what I was working on today, staying knees and below. I worked sides. I worked pitches. The changeup has come a long way. I'm going to throw more than one a game this year."


Cardinals' Wainwright could throw bullpen, if cleared by doctors


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright is meeting with trainers Monday to get the go ahead to continue in his rehab from an abdominal strain, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The team's ace is scheduled to throw a bullpen Monday.

Cardinals' Adam Wainwright feels 'dramatically better'


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright told ESPN that he feels "dramatically better" in his recovery from an abdominal strain. 

Wainwright said he wasn't concerned that the injury would put him at risk of missing opening day, and he's ready to get back onto the field. 


Cardinals' Adam Wainwright targeting 2-3 weeks for spring debut


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright is targeting 2-3 weeks before he is able to pitch in a spring game, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Wainwright was diagnosed with an abdominal strain Thursday after heading back to St. Louis for further evaluation.

Wainwright will have 4-5 days of light activity before he can gradually increase his workouts. He will be re-evaluated Monday before the Cardinals decide if he can rejoin the starters’ throwing program.

“The good thing is it doesn’t hurt so I can continue to throw off the mound and face hitters,” Wainwright said. “I can throw live BP and just won’t field my position.”

With his current timetable and barring setback, Wainwright could make four starts during spring training. 

“Everybody was saying that you need to scale back your innings in spring training,” Wainwright said. “God just naturally found a way to make that happen without ticking me off. ‘OK, Adam, you don’t want to have time off? I’ll make you take time off.’”


Cards' Adam Wainwright prescribed two weeks rest for abdominal pain


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) After being examined Thursday in St. Louis for lower abdominal soreness, Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright won't need surgery and was only prescribed two weeks rest, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"Based on all the different studies and what the doctor saw, (the doctor) feels this probably is the best news you could have gotten," general manager John Mozeliak said.

Wainwright was already on a delayed throwing schedule before injuring himself while replacing a 45-pound weight during a workout session. The right-hander can still throw despite the discomfort, but his workout will be limited and his throwing schedule will modified moving forward.

"If all goes well, he should be full-go probably in a couple of weeks," Mozeliak said.

Wainwright, 33, posted a 2.38 ERA over 227 innings in 2014 before having surgery to trim cartilage in his throwing elbow in October.


Cardinals' Wainwright calls abdominal exam 'precautionary'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2015) Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright, who will be examined Thursday in St. Louis for lower abdominal soreness, said Wednesday he hurt himself while replacing a 45-pound weight during a workout session, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"It was a very minor deal," Wainwright said. "I did it at the beginning of my workout. I felt a little twinge and didn't even think anything of it and finished my workout another 45 minutes in there.

"I don't think it's very serious at all. (Doctors) are probably not going to see much of anything at all but I don't know that, so I don't want to be answering 100 questions about it without really knowing what's going on."

Wainwright called the exam "strictly precautionary."

"I could go out there and throw a bullpen perfectly fine right now," he said. "It does not hurt to throw at all. The only time it hurts when I'm seemingly running. Maybe, I just pitch this year and don't anybody hit the ball.

"That's what's so frustrating about it. I'm walking around and doing all these things. But, as the symptoms have gone down, it's gotten better and better. I don't foresee this being a problem but I just don't know. It's kind of in that weird area down there."


Cardinals' Wainwright to visit a specialist to examine abdominal pain


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright is experiencing abdominal pain, which has limited his workouts in camp. The right-hander, who was already on a delayed throwing schedule, is expected to fly back to St. Louis to visit a specialist and the Cardinals are expected to know if he'll miss any playing time by Thursday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Wainwright underwent surgery to trim cartilage in his throwing elbow in October, and was careful to point out that he's not experiencing any soreness or pain in his arm, and the abdominal issue did not limit his ability to throw in camp.

General manager John Mozeliak confirmed the injury and told the paper he isn't too concerned with Wainwright's status moving forward.

"It shouldn't effect him at that point, or any more beyond that point," Mozeliak said. "I would say (the level of concern) is a medium at this point."

Wainwright, 33, posted a 2.38 ERA over 227 innings in 2014 before surgery.


Cardinals' Wainwright: 'Worst pain I've ever had pitching was last year'


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright said he was in the most pain of his career last season, according to FoxSports.com.

"The worst pain I've ever had pitching was last year every start I had the second half," Wainwright said. Despite the pain, Wainwright continued pitching, and his numbers suffered. While he still posted a solid 3.24 ERA in the second half, Wainwright saw his strikeout rate drop and his walk rate climb as the season progressed. Following the season, Wainwright had offseason elbow surgery to repair the issue.

The 33-year-old posted a 2.38 ERA over 227 innings last year. He's said he feels great during camp, and doesn't expect to be limited this season. 


Cardinals' Adam Wainwright says he's good to go


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2015) Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright said he's "exactly where I always am at this point in spring training" following Friday's workout, according to MLB.com.

Wainwright is coming off elbow surgery, and club officials have mentioned lowering his workload during the upcoming season. Wainwright isn't totally on board with that notion just yet. "I'm getting paid to play every five days as it is, not every day," he said. "If I'm skipping my one every five days, good Lord, what am I getting paid for?"

The club hasn't set anything in stone, but there's been some talk about Wainwright missing a start or two during the year in order to stay fresh. "I think we just have to be conservative and smart with him," general manager John Mozeliak said. "When people ask me about Wainwright right now, I sort of think about the 220 [or more] innings a year over the last three years and how we can manage that." 

Wainwright, 33, posted a 2.38 ERA over 227 innings last year. 


Cardinals' Jason Heyward participating in early spring workouts


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/13/2015) Cardinals outfielder Jason Heyward has been an early participant in spring workouts this week at the team's spring training complex in Florida, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

"For me, right now, it’s good to get a sweat, get workouts in, come in on a daily basis, get in our routine and the groove of things so everything naturally jells together before spring training starts," Heyward said Thursday.

Heyward is one of a handful of players in Jupiter who were on the practice field Thursday for an informal Cardinals workout. Among the other St. Louis players reporting to camp early are veterans Adam Wainwright, catcher Yadier Molina and outfielder Matt Holliday.


Cards' Wainwright plays catch for first time since elbow surgery


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2015) Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright played catch on Friday for the first time since undergoing surgery to trim cartilage in his throwing elbow in October, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. 

"It didn't sound like I had a baseball card stuck in the spokes of my bike when I threw," Wainwright said. "There was no pain. That's pretty good. That's good as far as signs go.

"I've been working out 100 percent now for the past two or three weeks, I was on a modified upper-body lifting schedule before that. Now all systems are go. Feels like a normal offseason again."

Wainwright won 20 games in 32 starts in the regular season, registering a 2.38 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP over 227 innings of work. He credited his postseason struggles to mechanical issues related to his release point, which caused him to opt for an offseason procedure.


Cardinals ace Wainwright to throw eight weeks after surgery


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/24/2014) Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright will begin a throwing program in eight weeks, the team announced.

Wainwright had surgery to trim cartilage in his throwing elbow Friday. He's expected to begin physical therapy in two weeks, and will start a throwing program in eight weeks.


Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright has elbow procedure


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/24/2014) Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright had a procedure to trim cartilage in his right elbow, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Wainwright had been dealing with elbow issues throughout the team's playoff run, though did his best to downplay a possible injury. The early reports were that Wainwright's elbow checked out fine after the season, but things changed following a second opinion. The surgery will not impact Wainwright in 2015. He's expected to be able to start throwing again in six weeks. 


Report: Adam Wainwright 'should have normal offseason'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/20/2014) Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright had his elbow examined following the team's elimination, and it checked out "optimistically," general manager John Mozeliak told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Wainwright "should have a normal offseason," Mozeliak added.

Cardinals Adam Wainwright goes seven strong in final start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2014) Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright managed to go seven strong innings Thursday against the Giants.

With his team down 3-1, Wainwright did what he could to make sure the Cardinals remained competitive. He allowed two runs on four hits over seven innings. Wainwright struck out seven and walked two during the outing. He only made one mistake, which led to both runs. In the third inning, Wainwright allowed Joe Panik to belt a two-run homer to right. The Cardinals would battle back the next inning, and Wainwright would shut down the Giants over the next four innings. San Francisco would mount a comeback, ruining Wainwright's strong start and knocked the Cardinals out of the playoffs. 


Cardinals' Adam Wainwright says elbow didn't hurt Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright said his elbow didn't bother him during Saturday's start against the Giants, according to MLB.com.

Wainwright said his struggles stemmed from mechanical issues related to his release point. Wainwright allowed three runs, two earned, over 4 2/3 innings during the outing. His elbow has been a big point of concern for the Cardinals over the past couple weeks.