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Adam Wainwright leaves start with hyperextended knee

Apr 22, 2014, 10:01 PM EDT

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Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright landed awkwardly while trying to chase down a high-chopper off the bat of Chris Young in the seventh inning Tuesday night at Citi Field and hobbled off the field and into the visitors dugout after Cards first baseman Matt Adams made a nice play on the ball for the third out of the frame.

Now comes word from Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Wainwright has been diagnosed with a hyperextended right knee. Wainwright was seen laughing with his teammates in the dugout in the eighth inning, so the presumption is that it’s not a serious injury. But the right-hander could need to miss a start or two.

Wainwright had tossed seven scoreless innings against the Mets and used only 79 pitches.

He has an outstanding 1.46 ERA, 0.81 WHIP, and 35 strikeouts through 37 innings this year.

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UPDATE, 10:21 p.m. ET: Some good postgame news here from Goold …

  1. beepbeepbeeplgb - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    cy young leader currently imo, hopefully he’s ok.

    • stoutfiles - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:42 AM

      He’s not even the best in his own division right now.

      Johnny Cueto’s stats: 1.38 ERA, .77 WHIP, 39K through 39 innings. Has Adam beat across the board.

      • cincinata - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:08 AM

        Except for wins, because the Reds do not give him much support.

      • beepbeepbeeplgb - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:56 AM

        i said imo, so i don’t see why you are arguing?

      • stoutfiles - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:25 PM

        Because he’s not leading Cy Young stats currently. Could he win at the end of the year? Sure, though if they gave it out today it would go to Cueto over Wainwright.

      • dan1111 - Apr 23, 2014 at 3:41 PM

        An argument in April over who is the leading Cy Young candidate is pretty pointless.

  2. okwhitefalcon - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    From Derrick Goold’s twitter:

    “Wainwright passes strength tests, insists he’ll be good to go for next start. Not favoring knee at all after game.”

  3. missingdiz - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    I sure hope he’s OK. Not only is he our ace, he’s the best hitter we’ve got at the moment. Sad to say.

  4. stlouis1baseball - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    Welcomed news on the knee. Let’s hope it’s accurate. Cause’ my cynicism with all things related to the the Organizations injury “report” typically results in my letting it go through one ear and immediately out the other.

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