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Adam Wainwright off to awful start in return from Tommy John surgery

Apr 13, 2012, 8:16 PM EDT

Adam Wainwright, Ian Stewart AP

Adam Wainwright gave up a three-run homer to Ian Stewart in the first and a grand slam to Bryan LaHair in the third Friday as the Cardinals lost 9-5 to the Cubs in their home opener.

Wainwright was taken out after allowing eight runs in three innings. He fell to 0-2 with an 11.42 ERA on the young season.

In Wainwright’s defense, LaHair’s slam was wind-aided and still barely cleared the fence in left-center. A better left fielder than Matt Holliday might have been able to go up and take it away.

Still, Wainwright wasn’t impressive at all. His velocity actually appears to have regressed since the beginning of the spring, and he walked a pair of batters leading up to LaHair’s slam.

Fortunately, all of the Cardinals’ other starters have looked impressive thus far, and they should be able to hang in the NL Central race even with Chris Carpenter out indefinitely and Wainwright struggling out of the gate. They’re currently 5-1 in games not started by Wainwright.

  1. brokea$$lovesmesomeme - Apr 13, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Don’t worry Cardinal fans as long as you have TLR at the helm and AP batting 3rd you will be ok.

  2. estecklerlhs - Apr 13, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Cardinal fans aren’t worrying at all. They know that this is a good team and that they don’t need Pujols or LaRussa to win.

    • brokea$$lovesmesomeme - Apr 13, 2012 at 11:18 PM

      Are you sure you believe thAt?

  3. okwhitefalcon - Apr 14, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    It was a rough start indeed, not in panick mode here on Waino – it was one bad outing.

    It’s been a tough day all around for pitching in the entire organization.

    Beyond the tough Wainwright start Cards beat writer Joe Strauss is hinting at their being no timetable for Chris Carpenter’s return, Shelby Miller got rocked again in Memphis and Trevor Rosenthal was shelled for Springfield…

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