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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Cardinals Injury Update: Adam Wainwright's elbow exam results 'reassuring'

By on 6/11/2014 07:15:00 PM

UPDATE: The news out of St. Louis is very good. Derrick Goold of St. Louis Post-Dispatch has announced that starting pitcher Adam Wainwright has tendinitis, not tennis elbow or a torn UCL.

He is listed as day-to-day and could possibly make his next scheduled start against the New York Mets on Monday, June 16, but that is not certain. It appears at this point that Wainwright likely will not need the disabled list.

Manager Mike Matheny discussed the news that he called "reassuring" before Wednesday night's game. Said Matheny,
"Everything came back clear and we’re talking more of the issue that he talked to you guys about – which was the tendinitis. ... In the seventh I really noticed – a little bit on the velocity. It looked like he was working really hard. He hates every time I say that. But it’s alright."
ORIGINAL: St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright has left his team in St. Petersburg and traveled back to St. Louis to have his right elbow examined says Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Wainwright threw seven scoreless innings against the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday and felt soreness afterward.

In his June 11 article, Goold reported that Wainwright had an MRI Wednesday morning that revealed no structural damage to the right elbow, the same elbow that underwent Tommy John surgery in 2011. Instead, Wainright is experiencing "tennis elbow" symptoms and received an injection to reduce the pain and inflammation. defines tennis elbow as "a common condition caused by overuse of arm, forearm, and hand muscles that results in elbow pain." It may involve a slight tear in the tendon that attaches the muscles to the bone. Since general manager John Mozeliak says that the problem is only "similar to tennis elbow" and the MRI revealed no damage, Wainwright may not have a tear. Further examination should answer the question.

Mozeliak will make sure that his ace has no serious issues with his elbow. Goold quoted him discussing the team's caution with Wainwright. Said Mozeliak,
"We know the importance of him to our rotation and the importance of making sure he's in the rotation. We want to be extra cognizant of what he needs to stay in the rotation and be healthy from here. We are going to be cautious with this."
Goold says that Wainwright has pitched through multiple ailments already this season -- sore back, tendinitis and cold and flu symptoms -- without letting anyone know.

Wainwright is a true ace. He is 9-3 with a 2.15 ERA (fourth in the N.L.) and 0.93 WHIP. He could very well start the All-Star game for the National League on July 15 if he has no serious issues with his elbow.

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