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It’s official: Adam Wainwright will have Tommy John surgery

Feb 24, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

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Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said he feared the worst when news of Adam Wainwright‘s elbow injury surfaced yesterday and unfortunately it’s now official, as the team announced today that Wainwright will undergo Tommy John surgery.

He’ll return in 12-18 months with a big scar and a rebuilt elbow, but whether Wainwright will still be with the Cardinals remains to be seen. St. Louis can void their $9 million option for 2012 and $12 million for 2013 if he ends this season on the disabled list, which is now a given.

I wrote this morning about the various ways the Cardinals can approach the contract situation, but the short version is that they can void the deal and make Wainwright a free agent after this season, try to work out a new multi-year deal that includes less upfront money, or simply commit to paying him $21 million in the hopes he comes back healthy in early or mid-2012.

In the meantime the Cardinals have said repeatedly that they plan to replace Wainwright with an in-house candidate rather than pursue a veteran replacement such as free agent Kevin Millwood. That could change after they get a longer look at the various rotation possibilities in camp, but for now the injury creates big opportunities for guys like Kyle McClellan, Brian Tallet, Ian Snell, and Lance Lynn.

  1. cur68 - Feb 24, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Well this is gloomy news for the Cards not to mention Wainwright. One day, it’ll be things like this that’ll relax the use of HGH because, not much doubt about it, your recovery from surgery is faster and more complete with HGH use (actually if you are a rat its definitive; human trials continue among much anxiety and religious debate). I’m gonna miss watching that guy; he had a rifle for an arm.

  2. astrozac - Feb 24, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    This is worse than not getting a new contract with Pujols….Carpenter was good last year, but had a down year by his standards. We can only hope he returns to his Cy Young form, which at his age isn’t good, not to mention his injury history…

  3. BC - Feb 24, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    It’s weird that he was fine last year, and then on like Day 3 of Spring Training, kaboom.

    • hasbeen5 - Feb 24, 2011 at 12:36 PM

      Maybe he worked out with Dusty in the off-season? That explains Gomes, he was just happy their plan worked.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Feb 24, 2011 at 12:47 PM

      He actually experienced elbow trouble late last season and was shut down in Sept.

      • spudchukar - Feb 24, 2011 at 1:23 PM

        Yep, Bravo, correct you are. Entering August he was actually polling ahead of Halladay for the Cy, but struggled (for him) in August, gutted through September, looking for win #20, and then was shut down completely once he achieved it.

    • Brian Murphy - Feb 24, 2011 at 4:29 PM

      The Cardinals are saying all the P.C. things about their pitching depth and they still feel good about their staff, etc. But what a galling event for a contending team and that great fan base to lose such a valuable player before a single spring training game is played.

      Although, I’m sure Cubs fans are fine with this news.

  4. phukyouk - Feb 24, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    if you listen carefully you can hear gomes singing in the wind…….

  5. footdronline - Feb 24, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    St. Louis Cardinals Lose their Ace Pitcher, Adam Wainwright for the Season. Read more at http://bit.ly/hHipiX

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