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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: 10 | Salary: $12,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 41/2 | Average Draft Position: 23.55
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Cardinals shelved SP Adam Wainwright eyes return for playoffs


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2015) The Cardinals boast a 98.9 percent chance of making the playoffs, according to FanGraphs. And shelved starter Adam Wainwright could be pitching in those playoffs, according to Adam Wainwright.

The top-flight righty jas been out since tearing his Achilles tendon in late April. It's an injury that generally requires 9-12 months to rehab. The fruition of his hope would mean a six-month recovery, but he's still hanging on to it.

"I'll do whatever it takes to pitch in October, he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "That's the deal."

Wainwright is speaking as a pitcher who has not experienced the pain common to other injuries. And that has been encouraging.

"I feel completely normal at all times," he said. "It's a really strange injury ... as far as pain is concerned. I have had zero pain the entire process and each day my range of motion is getting better and better. My strength is better and my poor, little, tired, sad calf in my left leg is starting to get some strength back."

The loss of Wainwright has not proven devastating for the St. Louis staff, which still boasts the best ERA in the majors. That is a good thing because it has put the team in position for another playoff run in which he feels he can participate. But it's a bad thing because it doesn't make him feel particularly good about himself.

"They even got better without me," he said. "It makes me feel kind of worthless, to be honest with you."


Cardinals' Adam Wainwright not ruling out return this season


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2015) Despite undergoing surgery in late April to repair a torn Achilles, Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright said he has not ruled out returning this season, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"I know that I'm working toward the end of the season," he said. "I don't know if that will [happen], but we'll see."

Wainwright added that the injury is progressing nicely, but he still needs a walking boot. He recently stopped using crutches to get around.

When asked if there was a chance if he could pitch in September or October, Wainwright was confident he could.

"Absolutely," he said.


Cardinals expect full recovery for Adam Wainwright (Achilles)


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) After Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright underwent surgery Thursday morning to repair a torn Achilles, general manager John Mozeliak said the team expects Wainwright to make a full recovery, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"Everybody I've spoken to is expecting a full recovery," Mozeliak said. "He's young and he's healthy. People usually come back from this and do well. The doctors feel, that his age, he'll recover fine."

Wainwright, 33, is expected to need 9-12 months to make a full recovery, which Mozeliak said was the initial diagnosis.

"No surprises," Mozeliak said, "which probably was the best news. [The doctors] didn't have to use any extra material to reattach the tendon, so now it's rest and recovery for probably the next six-to-eight weeks."

He added that he hopes Wainwright can be ready for spring training next season.

"The message right now is just to be patient," Mozeliak said.


Cards promote Cooney, demote Stanley; Wainwright to 60-day DL


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) The Cardinals officially purchased the contract of left-hander Tim Cooney and optioned catcher Cody Stanley down to Triple-A Memphis. Adam Wainwright, who had season-ending Achilles surgery, was transferred to the 60-day disabled list, per the team's official website. He's expected to return in 10-12 months, per USA Today.

Cooney will get the start Thursday afternoon against the Phillies. He was 2-1 with a 3.63 ERA in three starts (17 2/3 innings pitched) for Memphis this season. He won a Pacific Coast League-best 14 games last season.


Adam Wainwright still hopes to return to Cardinals this year


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright has a season-ending Achilles injury. Just don't tell him that. 

Wainwright still hopes to return to the mound this season. 

"The doctors keep saying 'almost.' There's almost no chance I could do it this year," Wainwright said, per the Post Dispatch. "With Tommy John surgery (in 2011) I used that as a challenge to get ready because I knew there was a certain amount you could push it within the boundaries of not going too far."

"I’ll show up next year ready to play," he told MLB.com. "And I’ll show up every day this year ready to help this team in some fashion."


Cardinals' Adam Wainwright has torn Achilles, out for season


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Monday that pitcher Adam Wainwright has been diagnosed with a torn Achilles in his left foot, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Wainwright will undergo surgery Thursday and miss the remainder of the season, the team announced. He suffered the injury while stumbling out of the batter's box during an at-bat in his last start. The recovery time for the procedure is nine-to-12 months, and the team is optimistic about his return.

Wainwright's season comes to a close after four starts. He went 2-1 with a 1.44 ERA and 18:3 K:BB ratio in 25 innings.

The Cardinals are expected to look internally to fill the rotation hole the injury presents. Marco Gonzales and Jaime Garcia are two long-term options to enter the rotation, but both are currently dealing with injuries.


Cardinals will look internally to replace P Adam Wainwright


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/27/2015) With starter Adam Wainwright likely done for the season with an Achilles injury, the Cardinals will initially look at internal candidates to replace the pitcher, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said that to fill Wainwright's spot in the rotation Thursday, the team will look to either lefties Tyler Lyons and Tim Cooney or righthander Zach Petrick

That would seem to eliminate the Cardinals making a move for a veteran pitcher like the Phillies' Cole Hamels, at least for now. 

"If you get into May and early June and you don't feel like the internal options are the solution you were hoping for, then you might have to look outside," Mozeliak said. 


Cardinals' Adam Wainwright (Achilles) on DL, likely out for season


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright will see a doctor Monday after exiting Saturday's start with an Achilles injury, but the expectation is that he'll miss the remainder of the season, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports.

The Cardinals placed Wainwright on the 15-day DL Sunday with what's being called a low left ankle and Achilles injury. In his place, the team has recalled catcher Cody Stanley.

Wainwright appeared to suffer the injury during one of his own at-bats, stumbling out of the batter's box. The Cardinals announced that the pitcher suffered an ankle injury, and the pitcher himself said after the game that the injury was in the back of the ankle.

"Obviously, anytime you're dealing with an Achilles, it's not good, whether it's a strain or a tear," general manager John Mozeliak said, per MLB.com. "Either way, he's missing time. I'll wait until he sees the doctor tomorrow before making a [definitive] statement [about how long he'll be out]. But clearly, it's not good news."

Wainwright is 2-1 with a 1.44 ERA and 18:3 K:BB ratio in 25 innings. With Jaime Garcia (shoulder) and Triple-A starter Marco Gonzales (pectoral) still on the mend, the team could turn to Triple-A pitcher Tyler Lyons or long-reliever Carlos Villanueva to fill Wainwright's rotation spot for the immediate future, with Garcia or Gonzales likely to enter the rotation when healthy if Wainwright is dealing with a season-ending injury.

"I just know that we have different guys who are ready to take whatever responsibility comes, whatever role comes," manager Mike Matheny said. "When I say we need someone to step up, there's going to be an opportunity for someone to start. And there's going to be some opportunities for leadership, too. Even during this DL time, I know Adam is still going to be around. But it's different every time you take someone away or add someone. We have to make sure that things are getting taken care of, work is getting done and leadership is there. We have all the pieces to make that happen."


Cardinals' Adam Wainwright leaves with ankle injury after at-bat


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright was forced to leave Saturday's game against the Brewers after stumbling out of the batter's box and needing assistance to get off the field, according to MLB.com. Wainwright suffered a left ankle injury and will be re-evaluated when the team returns to St. Louis, the team announced.

Wainwright allowed three hits in four scoreless innings in the game and added four strikeouts to his totals.

"What I've been told is don't even think anything until the doctor tells you what it is," he said to MLB.com. "I've not gotten my hopes up or down. I'm just going to try to be a positive influence here today and tomorrow and see what happens. … Everything right now is just speculation."

Wainwright did not have significant swelling even though his ankle was in a walking boot.

"I thought I got hit by something," said Wainwright, who confirmed it was the back of his ankle. "If you look at the replay, I get out of the box and I looked back to think the catcher's mask must of hit me or the bat must've hit me, something must've hit me."


Cards' Adam Wainwright tosses eight strong innings on Sunday for win


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/19/2015) Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright (2-1) yielded one run on seven hits in eight innings of work Sunday to defeat the Reds.

The one run Wainright allowed came in the third inning via an RBI single from Brandon Phillips.

Wainright struck out four and walked two.

"When you think careful, you end up making a mistake and you don't throw pitches with conviction," Wainwright said to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I wanted to pitch (Bruce) tough. I wanted to throw him pitches he could swing at. If you give in right there he can hit a tank bomb and all of sudden you’re down 4-1."

The right hander lowered his ERA to 1.72 with Sunday's performance.

Wainright's next start is set for Saturday in Milwaukee.


Adam Wainwright takes loss in 7 IP for Cardinals


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Adam Wainwright fell to 1-1 on the season for the Cardinals in a 5-4 loss to the Brewers. 

Wainwright went seven innings and allowed five runs, three earned, on eight hits. He walked one and struck out four. 

Wainwright threw 102 pitches, 69 strikes. His ERA stands at 2.08. 

Wainwright next pitches on Sunday against the Reds and Mike Leake. 


Cubs, Cardinals postponed Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Tuesday's game between the Cubs and Cardinals has been postponed due to the forecast of rain and sub-freezing wind chills throughout the evening, the Cubs announced.

A makeup date for Tuesday's postponement has yet to be scheduled, but it is likely to come in July or September rather than this week. Jake Arrieta and Lance Lynn were the scheduled starters for Tuesday's matchup.

Lynn has been named the starter for Wednesday's series finale against the Cubs. The Cardinals will keep the rotation in line moving forward, with John Lackey, Michael Wacha and Carlos Martinez on tap to face the Reds this weekend. Adam Wainwright is now scheduled to take the mound for the team's home opener Monday against the Brewers.


Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright dominant in opener


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright showed off his impressive skills Sunday in St. Louis' Opening Day win over the Cubs 3-0. Wainwright went six strong innings in the outing, allowing no runs with five hits and six strikeouts.

Wainwright kept Chicago off the scoreboard despite allowing two doubles to open the first two frames of the game. He also didn't allow a walk in the contest.


Cardinals' Jhonny Peralta batting cleanup vs. Cubs


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta is batting cleanup for Sunday's season opener against the Cubs.

Peralta took just 74 of his 560 at-bats from the fourth spot in the lineup last season but will fill the role in the team's regular-season debut.

The full Cardinals lineup: 3B Matt Carpenter, RF Jason Heyward, LF Matt Holliday, SS Peralta, 1B Matt Adams, C Yadier Molina, 2B Kolten Wong, CF Jon Jay, SP Adam Wainwright.


Cardinals finalize rotation plans for start of season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) The Cardinals announced Wednesday starting pitcher Lance Lynn will start the second game of the season on April 7 against the Cubs. It was already previously announced Adam Wainwright would start the season opener Sunday against the Cubs.

John Lackey will then finish out the Chicago series April 8. Michael Wacha will open a three-game series April 10 at Cincinnati, and he will be followed by Carlos Martinez before the rotation resets. 

Lynn is on track to start the home opener on April 13 against the Brewers.


Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright named Opening Day starter


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright has been named the Opening Day starter for Sunday's game against the Cubs, reports MLB.com.

Wainwright, who finished his final spring training start Tuesday, posted a 20-9 record in 2014 with a 2.38 ERA and 179 strikeouts in 227 innings. Wainwright dealt with a slight abdominal strain early in camp, capping him at just three starts in spring training.


Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright allows two hits in final spring outing


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright gave up two runs (one earned) on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings pitched Tuesday in his final spring training start. Wainwright also added one walk and two strikeouts to his totals.

Wainwright finished spring training with a 3.14 ERA with seven strikeouts and three walks in three starts.


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."