OUTAdam Wainwright
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2 months ago

Wainwright posted on his personal Twitter account that the arthroscopic right elbow procedure he underwent Tuesday went according to plan.

EDGE Analysis

Since Wainwright's procedure was just a scope, it's not expected that his recovery timetable will linger into the spring, allowing him to enter Cardinals camp at full strength. Wainwright was bumped to the bullpen in September upon being activated from the 10-day disabled list before being shut down for good with the elbow issue, but the 36-year-old will prepare for a starting role heading into 2018. He'll try to bounce back after the worst season of his career, during which he compiled a 5.11 ERA and 1.50 WHIP over 123.1 innings.

OUTAdam Wainwright
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2 months ago

Wainwright will undergo a scope procedure on his right elbow Tuesday, Derrick Goold of the St. Loius Post-Dispatch reports.

EDGE Analysis

Wainwright was bothered by an elbow ailment late in the season and will undergo a minor procedure to trim out some of the cartilage in his injured elbow. The surgery carries with it a six-week recovery time, David Wilhelm of the Belleville News-Democrat reports, but the veteran hurler will have plenty of time to mend prior to next season's spring training.

OUTAdam Wainwright
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2 months ago

Wainwright (elbow) has been shut down for the remainder of the season, Jim Hayes of FOX Sports Midwest reports.

EDGE Analysis

This had been talked about after Wainwright saw a dip in velocity last week in his first relief appearance of the season, and now it's official. Wainwright had just returned after missing more than a month with an elbow impingement. The 36-year-old endured a tough season, and while he should be back in the rotation next spring, Wainwright shouldn't be treated as much more than an endgame flier in mixed leagues.

OUTAdam Wainwright
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2 months ago

Wainwright experienced decreased velocity while making his first relief appearance of the season Saturday against the Pirates and may not pitch again this season, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

EDGE Analysis

Wainwright previously saw his velocity tail off while he was still starting in August and was later diagnosed with a right elbow impingement, resulting in his placement on the 10-day disabled list. The Cardinals will wait and see how he responds to a few days of rest before rendering a verdict on Wainwright's status for the remainder of the season, but even if he's cleared to pitch again, he likely won't be turned to in higher-leverage scenarios. Wainwright hasn't ruled out undergoing a surgical procedure in the offseason to trim cartilage off his elbow, but that likely wouldn't affect his availability for the beginning of spring training.

OUTAdam Wainwright
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2 months ago

Wainwright (elbow) was activated from the 10-day disabled list ahead of Tuesday's game against the Reds.

EDGE Analysis

As expected, Wainwright will rejoin the Cardinals ahead of their series opener with the Reds. The 36-year-old struggled out of the rotation prior to injuring his elbow, compiling a 5.12 ERA and 1.49 WHIP in 23 starts, so the Cards will transition him to a bullpen role for the remainder of the season. Jack Flaherty will remain in the rotation in his place.

OUTAdam Wainwright
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2 months ago

Cardinals' President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak stated Sunday that Wainwright (elbow) will likely pitch out of the bullpen for the remainder of the season following his activation from the DL, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Wainwright is expected to come off the disabled list Tuesday, at which point he'll enter the Cardinals' bullpen for the remainder of the 2017 season. The 36-year-old struggled out of the rotation this season, posting a 5.12 ERA over his 23 starts. Wainwright's transition to the bullpen will open up an opportunity for Jack Flaherty to remain the starting rotation moving forward.

OUTAdam Wainwright
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2 months ago

Wainwright (elbow) is expected to be activated from the 10-day disabled list Tuesday against the Reds, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Wainwright reported Sunday that everything went well during his recent simulated game and that he's now aiming for a Tuesday return from the DL. He said that he'll work out of the Cardinals' bullpen upon his activation, with the date of his first start back in the rotation still to be determined.

OUTAdam Wainwright
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2 months ago

Wainwright (elbow) threw a bullpen session Thursday and estimated he hit 90 mph, David Solomon of 550 KTRS radio reports. He's next scheduled for a bullpen session Saturday or Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

The right-hander seems to be on track for a return, perhaps within the next week. Wainwright may only be limited to one or two starts the rest of the way, however, and his eroding skills make him an uninviting mixed-league starter anyway. Of course, desperate streamer times could call for the measure of adding him for a dart at a win and some strikeouts.

OUTAdam Wainwright
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2 months ago

Wainwright (elbow) will throw his second bullpen session Thursday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Wainwright threw his first bullpen Tuesday, and manager Mike Matheny announced Wednesday that the veteran did not feel any adverse effects a day later. Consequently, he's slated to put in another session Thursday as he inches closer to a return after a multi-week absence.

OUTAdam Wainwright
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2 months ago

Wainwright (elbow) threw off flat ground Saturday and plans to throw a bullpen Monday or Tuesday, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

EDGE Analysis

The right-hander was happy with his sinker during the session and could face Cardinals hitters in live batting practice soon. Wainwright (12-5, 5.12 ERA this year) may not return in time to have much of an impact in fantasy games, especially if the Cardinals fall out of wild-card contention. However, if the right streamer matchup comes into play, he may prove useful. The veteran may need to throw at least one rehab start before he can be activated, though.