The day after throwing seven scoreless innings to earn his ninth win of the season, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright was back in town Wednesday–as an MRI was performed to evaluate discomfort in his right elbow.
“This has been something that’s been going on for a couple of weeks,” explained General Manager John Mozeliak as a guest on the Edmonds-McKernan Show on CBS Sports 920. “He’s been feeling some tightness on the outside of his elbow. The reason I point that out is because a lot of people know he had Tommy John and they connect the dots and think he has a ligament issue which is not the case at all. That’s fully intact. It’s not been compromised–from that standpoint, we’re very encouraged.
“However, he’s still not feeling 100% so today we did a study on him. It basically told us what we thought in the sense of when you’re dealing with this type of discomfort, the way to kind of think about it–it’s referred to a lot as ‘tennis elbow’. He was given an injection to try to relieve some of that discomfort. We will probably see on Friday what that means for Monday. I’m not overly concerned, but anytime you have a player that requires an MRI and an injection it’s certainly reason to have to take pause.”
Mozeliak also shared if necessary, they would rest Wainwright a couple of starts but that had not yet been determined. He had just spoken with Wainwright prior to the interview, stating that Wainwright felt “pretty good” about the situation.
Besides his league-leading ninth win, Wainwright was also the first pitcher to eclipse the 100-inning mark last night. That comes after leading the Majors with 241.2 innings pitched in 2013.
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