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Adam Wainwright is “pretty stinking close” to “perfect rehab”

Dec 29, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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Adam Wainwright is 12 months removed from Tommy John elbow surgery and one month into a throwing program designed to get him ready for spring training, and the Cardinals right-hander is making excellent progress in his recovery.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that he threw 30 pitches to a catcher on Monday and then made 50 throws from 110 feet on Tuesday. He’s even started mixing in a few curveballs, although Wainwright admitted that he’s not sure if the throwing program allows for off-speed stuff yet.

He’s expected to begin throwing off a mound within a few weeks and will arrive in Florida a month ahead of spring training to continue his throwing program, which Wainwright called “pretty stinking close” to “the perfect rehab.”

Albert Pujols is obviously impossible to replace in the middle of the Cardinals’ lineup, but if Carlos Beltran stays healthy and Wainwright picks up where he left off as one of the league’s elite starters there’s a chance the team may be even stronger in 2012.

  1. westcoastredbird - Dec 29, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Waino that’s great news. A 180 from last year. We should get to the playoffs again this year hopefully in a less dramatic fashion. My heart couldn’t take another year like last year but it was great. Myself and 20 other left coast Cardinal fans are having a New Year’s party celebrating the Cardinal’s World Series victory. We’re getting over the Pujols departure once and for all by having an AP jersey bonfire followed by an AP pinata stuffed with $254m in funny money. I assure you a good time will be had by all except the Angel fan next door. Happy New Year!

    • The Baseball Gods - Dec 29, 2011 at 11:09 AM

      Wow, I love how Phillies fans always get a bad rap. You are seriously going to burn Albert Pujols’ jerseys when he helped your team win 2 World Series, one of which just happened? He was the best player on your team and probably in the league for the past 11 years and just because he signed with another team as a free agent you are going to go and disrespect him like that? Philadelphia fans would never do that.

      • icecold316 - Dec 29, 2011 at 11:25 AM

        Yeah you’re right. Phillies fans will only throw batteries at players that don’t sign with them, or play for them anymore. Philly fans cheered when Allen Craig got hit in the head by a pitch in the postseason…so Phillies bad rap is well deserved, by far the worst fans of any sport.

      • fearlessleader - Dec 29, 2011 at 11:30 AM

        What he means is that Phillies fans would never set fire to a former player’s jersey unless the former player was wearing it.

      • The Baseball Gods - Dec 29, 2011 at 11:44 AM

        Yeah, and we all assume that just because Philly gets all the media attention about incidents like those that they never happen with any other teams fans. How about the Cardinals fan who held up a sign that said “Hows the TV Nyger”? Yeah, that just went away completely with nobody making a big deal of it.

      • The Baseball Gods - Dec 29, 2011 at 11:50 AM

        And how about the Cardinals threatening to go on strike when Jackie Robinson arrived on the major league scene? Yeah, class organization there.

      • shawnuel - Dec 29, 2011 at 11:57 AM

        “He was the best player on your team and probably in the league for the past 11 years”

        Probably? Talk about understatement! Were talking about a guy who, with another 5 or so years of comparable performance, could be the subject of many arguments for the best player of all time.

      • The Baseball Gods - Dec 29, 2011 at 12:07 PM

        How about that incident at Busch stadium in 2009 when two women (one who was a catholic school teacher) assaulted 2 Busch stadium employees, one who was in a wheelchair?

        Yeah, Philly is the only place where this stuff happens.

      • paperlions - Dec 29, 2011 at 2:27 PM

        Or that time when Cardinal fans killed a guy by beating him to death in the parking lot over a spilled….oh wait….

        Seriously, the kinds of events you are reporting about Cardinal fans aren’t even reported in Philly, such things are to common to be of interest there.

      • The Baseball Gods - Dec 29, 2011 at 2:54 PM

        Ok so lets go away from sports for a second and compare Philadelphia to St Louis in how dangerous the actual city is. St. Louis has the highest crime rate index according to US News with the third highest rate of homicides. Philadelphia doesn’t even make the top 10.

        That’s why you don’t see stuff happening at Busch Stadium. People go to Busch Stadium to get away from all the crime that is around them in every day life.

      • paperlions - Dec 29, 2011 at 3:02 PM

        Seriously, what is your deal? You seem to have a well developed inferiority complex.

    • JBerardi - Dec 29, 2011 at 8:35 PM

      “The best fans in baseball”… why, exactly?

      • hustleandflomax - Dec 29, 2011 at 11:54 PM

        Nobody here in St. Louis takes that ‘best fans’ crap seriously. It’s all perpetuated by the silly, melodramatic members of the media. Our fans really aren’t any different than any other fans except we’re maybe more polite as a whole. There are idiots in every fanbase across the world.

    • hustleandflomax - Dec 29, 2011 at 11:36 PM

      Dude, from one Cards fan to another: let it go. This is NOT a LeBron James situation. He chose to chase the money, he’s earned that right. He brought 11 years of amazing baseball to St. Louis, won 2 World Series championships and another NL Championship…he was a relative bargain of the century. Thank him for all he’s done and let go, for Christ’s sake. He doesn’t owe the Cards or their fans anything.

    • redbirdfan81 - Dec 30, 2011 at 8:53 AM

      A true Cardinal fan will thank him for his work & 2 WS titles and wish him well. We aren’t burning jerseys! Why don’t you turn into a Cub fan and give them the bad publicity.

  2. The Baseball Gods - Dec 29, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    There is no way that the Cardinals will be a stronger team without Albert Pujols in their lineup. First off, Tommy John surgery is similar to ACL surgery in football where a player is cleared to play after about a year, but it takes a good year of playing for said player to get back to his normal production. Wainwright might feel great and look great, but I think it will take him a full season for him to get back to where he was before the surgery. Also, Carlos Beltran will give you some good offensive production (nowhere near Pujols production), but he is getting older and hardly ever stays healthy, so it is a lot to assume in him staying healthy for an entire baseball season.

    • hustleandflomax - Dec 29, 2011 at 11:50 PM

      Albert’s 2011 production will be relatively easier to replace. One look at his IBBs, pitchers weren’t near as scared of him, they know to bust him inside because his hands aren’t as quick in the zone as they were even as recently as 2009. I’ve watched pretty much every game Albert’s ever played in, while still a great hitter, he has slipped. The Cardinals will be fine without him even if their offense declines a little. Because their pitching has now gotten a huge boost with Wainwright’s return. They will be a more well-rounded team. The thing I’m going to miss as much as his offense is Albert’s brilliant defense. I loved Albert as a player and it will surely be surreal not seeing #5 patrolling 1st base, but I’m still excited about moving onto a new chapter.

  3. andfitch82 - Dec 29, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    ” by having an AP jersey bonfire followed by an AP pinata stuffed with $254m in funny money. I assure you a good time will be had by all except the Angel fan next door. Happy New Year!”

    Not pointing this out to be a jerk, but $254 million dollars in funny money is still a large volume. You would need a pinata the size of a 15 passenger van.

  4. wardmanone - Dec 29, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    The Baseball Gods, get a grip here will you? Please do not even compare the baseball IQ of fans your making it obvious that you suffering from some delusions were you dropped on your head recently or just fell off your MoPed again. Go back to Blogging (with Moms help) writing about the Phillies and tell yourself the Phillies really should have beaten the Cards and Tooth Fairy is real. Know the facts

    • The Baseball Gods - Dec 29, 2011 at 1:49 PM

      First of all, I said nothing about baseball fans IQ. Secondly, I never said anything that the Phillies should have beaten the Cardinals. I never insulted anyone, so it seems like maybe you are the one who has the problem here. All I was saying was that the Phillies get a bad rap from the media when there are fans of other teams who do very similar things. I also was just pointing out that it would be ridiculous to burn Albert Pujols’ jersey with everything he gave to your fan base. Then all these Cardinals fans just started bashing Phillies fans again so I pointed out that similar things have happened with the Cardinals fans. I understand that almost everyone reading this post is a Cardinals fan, so I expected to take some criticism. You on the other hand had to turn the whole thing HOSTILE. I don’t blog, I actually have a job that pays me a very good amount of money. Thank you, come again.

    • The Baseball Gods - Dec 29, 2011 at 1:53 PM

      Also, I never personally attack anyone on this site and I have been posting on this site for quite some time. You on the other hand felt the need to do that with very little reasoning.

  5. westcoastredbird - Dec 29, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    If you want really good quality fake $1000000 dollar bills type “who is on a 1000000 dollar bill” on your brower. Click on They’re in Encino, Ca. You can get 250 million dollar bills for $75.00. I had them shipped to my house and they fit in my mail box. They need about a two week lead time. We didn’t need a pinata the size of a 15 passenger van. Where there’s a will there’s a way. We also added 5 $100 (real) bills to the pinata as well as newspapers. It’s about the size of a large dog. Wishing AP success in Anaheim but I won’t be going to any of their games. AP will go down as one of the Cardinal greats and will be in the HOF. But in the end to AP it wasn’t about the Birds on the Bat it was about greed. He sold out the city of St. Louis who worshipped him. He can thank Jerrod Weaver who signed for about $7 million/yr less than market value. Jerrod simply said “Gee how much money do you really need to play the game you love. Scott Boras almost croaked. Hey Albert that bat is going to get pretty heavy.

    • JBerardi - Dec 29, 2011 at 8:47 PM

      “But in the end to AP it wasn’t about the Birds on the Bat it was about greed. He sold out the city of St. Louis who worshipped him. “

      Oh for fuck’s sake. You had the best player in baseball for the best years of his career at a bargain price, and you’re finding reasons to whine about that? Talk about greed.

  6. wardmanone - Dec 29, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Baseball God it not personal attack it’s an another opinion and based on your comments that are without merit and reasoning. So you were called out on it I am sure you have great job and you have never been attacked (my apologies) on any posts before. Who would dare with your name of “Baseball God” (you do realize you are leaving yourself wide open with the tag name)….Suggest you try to be a bit more objective on what and how you are presenting your information “factual might help” Just Saying….also this is what happens when you stray into areas where you are going against the Real Baseball Gods aka Cardinal Nation….

    • The Baseball Gods - Dec 29, 2011 at 3:12 PM

      Sorry dude, but saying I was dropped on my head is a personal attack.

      • spudchukar - Dec 29, 2011 at 4:41 PM

        First off being dropped on your head, couldn’t hurt much, so that point is moot.

        Second, thanks for taking a positive St. Louis story and turning it into a nasty Philadelphia one.

        Third, your statement regarding Wainwright is so overgeneralized that it offers no light. Sometimes Tommy John recipients recover to full strength in a year, while others do not. It is a crap shoot. Wainwright, is young, in great shape, and has made extremely rapid progress so far, so a quick recovery is likely, but not assured. Plus, he is a rare case, in that once he went under the knife it was reported that he lacked a ligament, which has been a blessing for those very few who have had the procedure. They have recovered more quickly, more fully, and in at least one case actually gained a few MPH on their fastball.

        As for Nyger Morgan, he deserves a lot worse than a little teasing about watching the Cards advance in the 2011 playoffs, after the cheap shot that could have ended a career, on a play that Cardinal fans should not forget.

        Anyone with a grain of lucidity, would be able to extract from your comments the commonplace Phillie Phan’s need to diminish all other teams at every opportunity. The depth of your collective insecurity, sense of entitlement, and self-delusion has no bounds.

        You lost to a team that played superior baseball. You have done little to improve your aging, anemic offense. It seems that the Phillie management is also in denial, with its emphasis on bench players, as if that is what cost you the WS two years ago, and the Pennant last year. I know the “winning thing” is new to Philadelphia baseball fans, but that is a sorry excuse for your incessant whining. With the improvements to the Marlins and Nats, plus a year more experience for the Braves, the likelihood of season that resembles either of the past two is unreasonable. Learn to lose gracefully, cause the odds are, you are going to be doing more of it.

      • PanchoHerreraFanClub - Dec 29, 2011 at 4:44 PM

        Dropped on your head? You must be a Cub fan.

      • okwhitefalcon - Dec 29, 2011 at 6:34 PM

        “Second, thanks for taking a positive St. Louis story and turning it into a nasty Philadelphia one.”

        Hysterical spud, nice.

        It was only a matter of time before this turned into a Philly thread or how the Reds are
        the team to beat in the Central with the addition of Matt Latos.

  7. wardmanone - Dec 29, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    spudchukar & Pancho my compliments to you both. Spudchukar your commentary was brilliant & factual. Pancho your comment about being Cubs fan made me laugh out loud.

  8. wardmanone - Dec 29, 2011 at 9:56 PM

    JBerardi, why exactly are they the best baseball fans gee that’s a great question perhaps if you were a fan of Cards you would have better perspective,? Your not and that’s your decision. What exactly are you so upset about again that Card Fans wanted AP to stay but he choose not to based on money and AP said it wasn’t something more then money or it’s because you can’t comprehend how fans have come to expect and have seen repeated winning baseball in all aspects. Whining is what you doing and might add pretty well, so count up Divisional titles and World Series Championships and # HOF you might have a reason why Cardinals Fans are greatest because they have consistently seen the greatest.

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