Adam Wainwright SP STL 3 Days

Wainwright made his first start of the spring Saturday, throwing four shutout innings and allowing just four hits and walk to go with three strikeouts.

Wainwright threw 64 pitches in total, 41 for strikes, and put to rest any doubts that he'd be ready as the staff ace come Opening Day.

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Wainwright pitched well in a simulated game Monday and is hoping to pitch in his first spring training game some time next week, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Manager Mike Matheny will likely reveal his pitching plans for next week on Tuesday. Wainwright threw 50 pitches on Monday and was able to use an assortment of pitches. He looks to be on track for opening day.

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Wainwright (abdomen) will face minor league hitters in a simulated game Monday, the St. Louis Post Dispatch's Derrick Goold reports.

It is unclear when he will be able to take the mound in a spring game, but it is good to hear he is continuing to pitch. There does not seem to be much concern out of the Cardinals' camp about Wainwright's availability for the start of the season. There is a gray cloud hanging over his fantasy outlook this season in many circles, and if his price falls too far, there is a prime buying opportunity here.

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Wainwright (abdomen) is not scheduled to pitch in any of the Cardinals next five games, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

It looks like it will be some time late next week before Wainwright likely gets back into the rotation for the Cardinals. The veteran ace hasn't had any setbacks thus far and still should be on track for an opening day start.

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Wainwright (abdomen) faced Cardinals' hitters Sunday during a live practice session, throwing around 35 pitches without issue, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Wainwright admitted after that he's probably not ready for games yet but is clearly getting closer as he's progressed through his rehab thus far with no setbacks. It could be near a week yet before Wainwright gets into a spring game.

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Wainwright (abdomen) is expected a live bullpen session Sunday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

Wainwright tossed a bullpen session Monday after an abdomen injury earlier in camp, and appears to be progressing towards a return. He should slot in as the Cardinals' ace once again in 2015, and it seems plausible he'll be ready for Opening Day.

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Wainwright (abdomen) threw a bullpen session Monday, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports.

He was only expected to miss a few days after suffering an abdominal strain last week and that ended up being the case. Wainwright is already going at a pretty fair discount in drafts based on the concerns surrounding the abdomen, but more notably the elbow issue he dealt with at the end of last season. It will be interesting to see how he progresses this spring against live hitters.

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Wainwright was diagnosed with an abdominal strain and should only miss four to five days, KMOX Radio reports.

General Manager John Mozeliak said it was the "best news we could have gotten." Which indicates the level of concern the Cardinals had regarding the injury. It's possible but unlikely that this affects Wainwrights opening day status. Fantasy owners should be able to go with the Cardinals' ace with the same confidence they had before.

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Wainwright will be examined in St. Louis for abdominal soreness, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Wainwright was limited in his non-throwing workouts because of the pain and will see a specialist Thursday. Wainwright insisted that he had no soreness or pain in his arm and that throwing did not bring on the abdominal pain. Obviously there is some cause for concern if he needs to see a specialist but the fact that he can throw without pain is a bit of a silver lining.

Adam Wainwright SP STL 1 Month

Wainwright (elbow) is OK with having a limited workload during spring training, but he intends to handle a normal volume of innings once the regular season begins, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

After throwing a bullpen session Friday on the first day of camp for the team's pitchers and catchers, Wainwright is on the exact same schedule that he kept a year ago. At this point, his October elbow surgery appears to be a non-issue. Wainwright has been able to throw all of his pitches in bullpen sessions thus far, including a new cut fastball that he's been toying with. It remains to be seen if the Cards will actually scale back Wainwright's regular season innings as has been suggested during the winter, but short of putting him at the back end of the schedule for the Grapefruit League rotation, things appear to be business as usual for Wainwright as spring training begins.