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Adam Wainwright scheduled for Tommy John surgery Monday

Feb 25, 2011, 10:14 AM EDT


There’s no official announcement yet from the Cardinals on when Adam Wainwright will have Tommy John elbow surgery, but Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that he’ll go under the knife Monday.

Some pitchers come back from Tommy John surgery in 10 months, some pitchers need two years, and some are never the same, but for the most part the expected recovery timetable is right around 12 months.

For instance Joe Nathan, who had the surgery during spring training last year, is now throwing without any restrictions in Twins camp and seems confident about being 100 percent ready for Opening Day. Wainwright is actually about three weeks ahead of Nathan in terms of when the surgery takes place, although that isn’t a significant difference in a year-long process.

As for Wainwright’s unique contract situation, because the Cardinals’ ability to void his 2012 and 2013 options is based on Wainwright being on the disabled list when the season ends we likely won’t know the outcome until October unless the two sides agree to a new multi-year deal that wipes away the old pact.

  1. proudlycanadian - Feb 25, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    There is some easy money to be made by betting that the Jays will win more than 76 games.

    • proudlycanadian - Feb 25, 2011 at 11:21 AM

      For some reason this comment ended up in the wrong thread.

      • cur68 - Feb 25, 2011 at 11:25 AM

        No-no. This is the right thread. The Jays Play the Cards in June. They’ll win.

  2. spudchukar - Feb 25, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    He will be taken care of. A similar situation arose with Carpenter. They may renegotiate, but Wainwright will be justly compensated.

    • uyf1950 - Feb 26, 2011 at 5:43 AM

      It will be interesting to see how the Cardinals handle this situation though. There are a couple of differences that could impact what they do.
      First – After the 2011 season they are going to have to decide if they want to exercise Carpenter’s option at $15MM.
      Second – They are also going to have to decide what to do about Pujols. Give in to his demands or close to it $28 to $30MM per for 9 or 10 years. A considerable increase over his current salary.
      Considering the Cardinals it appears like to keep their team payroll between $90 and $100MM per season that’s going to be hard to do and still work out all of the pieces. Let’s assume they resign (Carpenter, Pujols) they still have Holliday’s salary. Those 3 players alone for the 2012 season would cost the Cardinals about $60+MM for the 2012 season. That doesn’t include Westbrook and Lohse another $20MM. That’s $80MM +/- for just 5 players and that does not include anything for Wainwright. Then their is a whole bunch of Free Agents and arbitration players in 2012 that could easily add another $50MM to that total. The Cardinals could easily be looking at a payroll for 2012 of about $130MM without Wainwright. It would seem based on their history substantially over their comfort level based on history. What to do, what to do.
      The obvious solution is let Pujols walk in 2012. Then their payroll going forward falls into place with their payroll history.

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