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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Cardinals Injury Update: Adam Wainwright's elbow 'not 100%' but getting better

By on 10/12/2014 11:30:00 AM

After his removal from Game 1 of the National League Championship Series Saturday night, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright admitted that his elbow was "not 100 percent." However, he did say that it felt much better Saturday night than it did during his last start, which came in Game 1 of the division series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on October 3.

While pitching to the Dodgers, Wainwright felt discomfort in his right elbow, but he is adamant that the problem is not in the UCL, on which he has had surgery before. He claims the problem is in the back of the elbow reports Adam McCalvy of

Wainwright has made two postseason starts, totaling nine innings and 200 pitches. He allowed six runs on 11 hits to the Dodgers in 4-1/3 innings and then three runs (two earned) to the Giants on six hits in 4-2/3 innings in Saturday's start.

Wainwright, though, says that the elbow is not the reason for his un-Wainwright-like performance. He claims that he has simply had poor mechanics, including preparing to throw a little late in his delivery, possibly because of a short stride. McCalvy quoted Wainwright discussing the problems. Said Wainwright,
"It's not 100 percent, but I think it was 100 percent better than the last time I pitched, I'll tell you that. So the next time I pitch, I expect it to be better.... I should be able to complete my pitches and deliver a lot better than I am. Those things will continue to get better. I know some things I have to work on now, and that's why we play a seven-game series now.... I'm normally about a foot closer to the plate when I release the ball, which makes it harder to hit, obviously, but also gives me better finish on all those balls."
Barring any setbacks, Wainwright should make his next start in Game 5, which would occur on Thursday, October 16 if the Giants do not complete a sweep in four games.

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