Have I mentioned this week how much I love Spring Training? Oh, the optimism that comes with 162 games remaining and everyone tied for first place, including the Kansas City Royals and Pittsburgh Pirates. Well, that optimism lost some of its lustre in St. Louis: If the Albert Pujols contract distraction wasn’t enough to put a damper on things, word out of Cardinals camp today is that Adam Wainwright is heading home with a “significant elbow injury”, and according to general manager John Mozeliak, the outlook isn’t good. The injury was reportedly suffered Monday in bullpen session.
The way pitchers are dropping to elbow injuries these days, the first thing that comes to mind anytime one falls to something even slightly significant is Tommy John surgery. To quote Chuck Swirsky, “I’m no doctor”, but this isn’t looking all that good for Wainwright and the fine folks of St. Louis. It’s a shame, too, because Wainwright is one of the beasliest starters in of all baseball, going 20-11 with a 2.42 ERA in 230 innings last season, including a 12-3 and 1.78 mark at Busch Stadium.
As mentioned, Wainwright is on his way back to St. Louis, where he’ll be examined by team doctors before getting word whether or not he’ll get a nice little 12-to-18 month break from game action.