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Cards' Wainwright may need Tommy John surgery

Posted on: February 23, 2011 9:46 am
Edited on: February 23, 2011 11:43 am
 
WainwrightBad news for the Cardinals Wednesday, as Adam Wainwright is headed to St. Louis to have his elbow examined, as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Wainwright, who has finished No. 3 and No. 2 in Cy Young Award balloting the last two seasons, respectively, initially was diagnosed with a tear in the elbow in 2004. He has missed two turns with a strain in his elbow over his career, including the final start of last season.

"After his bullpen on Monday he did feel something in his right elbow," GM John Mozeliak told the Post-Dispatch. "I can say just based on the initial evaluation from our training staff, things do not look encouraging. But before [we] jump to any conclusions we'll just wait until the re-evaluation this afternoon."

Mozeliak did admit that, although it is speculation, ligament damage often results in Tommy John surgery.

After the evaluation, the club is expected to update the severity of the situation. This wouldn't be good news for any team, but you have to wonder if the Cardinals feel snakebit, what with the Albert Pujols contract saga and backup infielder Nick Punto being knocked out for three months.

Wainwright is entering the final guaranteed season of his contract in which he will make $6.5 million. He has two club options for 2012 and 2013 that were triggered by his top-five finish in the Cy Young Award balloting in 2010, but Wainwright cannot finish the year on the DL. It would still be an upset for St. Louis to not pick up the options, valued at $9 million and $12 million, respectively.

Is Tommy John surgery likely in the future? Eye on Baseball will stay on top of this story and update as more info comes in.

-- Evan Brunell

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Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2011 6:47 pm
 

Cards' Wainwright may need Tommy John surgery

unfortunate event for such a stud pitcher. wish the best for you man ill miss u this year in fantasy wainnn you carried my team



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2011 6:36 pm
 

Cards' Wainwright may need Tommy John surgery

Kyle McClellan?  you mean that dude from movies like 'blue velvet,showgirls,dune,the hidden'?



Since: Feb 22, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2011 6:33 pm
 

Cards' Wainwright may need Tommy John surgery

good, only team i hate more than the cardinals are the cubs and watching both teams with there monster salary teams go down the drain will be very pleasing for this brewers fan... milwaukee brewers = best team in america!



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2011 6:20 pm
 

Cards' Wainwright may need Tommy John surgery

Kyle McClellan will surprise folks with how well he can fill this slot.  He'd have been in many other rotations last year, but there was just no room in St. Louis.
You're kidding, right?  Did you bang your head this morning getting out of the clownmobile?

I'm glad to hear that Kyle McClellan will be there to try and fill the spot in the rotation vacated by the injured, Cy Young candidate Adam Wainwright.  But for anyone to write he could have been in almost anybody else's rotation last year is nuts.  If he had something he'd shown the coaching staff he could be a starter, something tells me Tony LaRussa would have found a way to give him a shot instead of Jeff Suppan or the fragile Kyle Lohse.  When the Cards needed a starter to fill in on short notice or otherwise, not once did LaRussa or Dave Duncan hand him the ball.  Blake Hawksworth, P.J. Walters, and Adam Ottavino with his nearly 8.50 ERA got shots ahead of McClellan.

Now if he's learned something new in the offseason and has shown he deserves a shot at the starting five, more power to him.  I love seeing young pitchers getting to prove their worth to the big club.  But be realistic, McClellan hasn't been a full-time starter since 2004 when he was hanging out in Peoria playing A-ball.  Good luck to him making the rotation, but let's not try to spin it like he could have been starting all along and just needed somebody's arm to fall off in the Cardinal rotation.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2011 6:15 pm
 

Cards' Wainwright may need Tommy John surgery

...I'm picturing the GM's of the other NL Central teams, twiddling their fingers with sinister anticipation, like some James Bond villain.

"Yeeesss, YESSssssss....  Smithers. fetch me my slippers. I think I'll retire early by fire and cuddle up with my Angela Lansbury novel tonight."
"Right away, Mr. Burns. Right away. ... Would you mind reading a few pages out loud for me?"



Since: Sep 10, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2011 6:09 pm
 

Cards' Wainwright may need Tommy John surgery

Wain is done for now....Okay I get it. The Cardinals are done. TRUST ME. ...or not.



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2011 5:25 pm
 

Cards' Wainwright may need Tommy John surgery

maybe the astros will shock the world. the certainly owned the cards last year. not to mention they swept the phils too in philly. not an astros fan just saying are the cubs/reds/brewers really that great? i'd probably take the brew crew from that list. just saying the stros could make a run.



Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2011 5:24 pm
 

Cards' Wainwright may need Tommy John surgery

There goes his career.



Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2011 5:13 pm
 

Cards' Wainwright may need Tommy John surgery

It's usually wayyyyyyyy too early to pop the champagne bottles right at the start of spring training, but, I have a feeling that the rest of the teams in the NL Central will be doing just that, if surgery is needed. With this, and the Pujols scenario, I'm picturing the GM's of the other NL Central teams, twiddling their fingers with sinister anticipation, like some James Bond villain.



Since: Feb 13, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2011 5:06 pm
 

Cards' Wainwright may need Tommy John surgery

screw the cubs


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