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Adam Wainwright to have an MRI on his elbow . . . but it may be OK

Jun 11, 2014, 4:11 PM EDT

This is the kind of news that’ll make Cardinals fans’ sphincters clench with anxiety:

Langosch followed up by noting that, according to Mike Matheny, it’s not a ligament issue. It’s more discomfort akin to tennis elbow. Which OK Dr. Matheny, I think Cards fans may want to wait for the MRI results before they unclench those sphincters.

Wainwright pitched just last night and seemed just fine, shutting out the Rays for seven inning en route to his ninth win of the season. He has a 2.15 ERA and a 91/21 K/BB ratio in 100.1 innings.

  1. stlouis1baseball - Jun 11, 2014 at 4:14 PM


  2. howieK - Jun 11, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    uhhhhhhhhhhhhh….. WHAT?!?!?!

  3. jcw62946 - Jun 11, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    No kidding. MM is no doctor. Please let Waino be ok!

  4. bojangles83 - Jun 11, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Time to see when Dr. Andrews has an open appt…

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 11, 2014 at 6:16 PM

      Old Doc Andrews supports the old adage that if you want something done give it to a busy person…

      Doc is operating from sun up to sun down each day and yet, he’s always able to see these guys to check them out…

      Amazing… and creepy too…

  5. beepbeepbeeplgb - Jun 11, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    if previous Cardinal pitchers diagnoses are any sign, Wainwright’s arm will have to be amputated tomorrow.

    • blacksables - Jun 11, 2014 at 6:30 PM

      Chris Carpenter’s playoff performances disagree.

  6. okwhitefalcon - Jun 11, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Uh Craig, give the “Dr Matheny” angle (not narrative) a rest, the MRI results are already in – he was just parroting Mozeliak.

    From KMOX’s Chris Hrabe:

    Chris Hrabe ‏@chrabe
    Mozeliak says UCL ligament is “completely fine” & discomfort sometimes called “tennis elbow.” Wainwright will be evaluated next few days…

    And no, Waino didn’t seem “fine” last night despite throwing 7 shutout innings as Derrick Goold reported this morning, he’s been battling tendinitis for a while now.

    Visibly uncomfortable in the dugout, pulled after only 80 some pitches, very few K’s and line drives getting were getting.

    Given the Cards history of sketchy early medical evaluations, the sphincters are indeed very clinched.

    • okwhitefalcon - Jun 11, 2014 at 4:38 PM

      EDIT FUNCTION – “clenched”

      • SocraticGadfly - Jun 11, 2014 at 5:38 PM

        We clinched the sphincters? Take THAT, Brew Crew.

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 11, 2014 at 6:17 PM




    • SocraticGadfly - Jun 11, 2014 at 5:37 PM

      I was about to say the same thing. Just 2 Ks, low velocity, not a lot of snap on the curve last night, and Waino said that all himself.

  7. Carl Hancock - Jun 11, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    F**k. Cardinal fans are well aware that anytime the team downplays a “possible” injury to a player it always plays out far worse than they make it sound in the beginning. Always. Hopefully history doesn’t repeat itself. Again.

    • paperlions - Jun 11, 2014 at 6:05 PM

      Confirmation bias hard at work.

      Guys get hurt all the time and the initial evaluation is that it is a minor thing and they are back in a few days or sooner, but no one remembers all of those times because the result was positive.

  8. Carl Hancock - Jun 11, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    To follow up with my previous comment, Derrick Goold has reported that Wainwright’s MRI showed no damage and he had an anti-inflammatory injected. But for Cardinals fans that means nothing. We’ve heard everything is fine before, MRI was clean, only for the pitcher’s arm to blow up soon after.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jun 11, 2014 at 5:56 PM

      Or, last year, we kept seeing Shelby Miller on postseason rosters, kept wondering when he might pitch, and never got told why he didn’t.

  9. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 11, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    OK, In addition to trying to prevent TJ surgery, we need to find a better source of replacement ligaments. You would think that a guy who has this stuff done would have a perfectly reconstructed, shiny new elbow that would be free of trouble for a while.

  10. missingdiz - Jun 11, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    The Cards’ winning percentage in games not started by Wainwright is .450, which would be fourth place.

    • blacksables - Jun 11, 2014 at 6:31 PM

      That’s why let him pitch.

  11. SocraticGadfly - Jun 11, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    So, especially now that he’s been moved out of the set-up role, if Waino misses a start, does this mean Carlos Martinez finally gets one?

  12. stlouis1baseball - Jun 11, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    As others have stated…the organization does a joke of a job when it comes to injury “reports.”
    A great deal of that…I understand.
    But damn…you don’t always have to play it like the freaking N.E. Patriots of MLB.
    All this in mind…I fully expect to soon learn Waino’s arm has fallen completely off.

    • paperlions - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:17 AM

      Hey, Garcia is pitching somehow…I assume he had shoulder replacement surgery. I have tried to watch every one of his starts because 1) I assume each will be his last, and 2) I keep expecting that his entire arm will come off with the ball still in his hand and I want to see if that pitch is a strike or not.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:56 AM

        Lol! Both are valid reasons to be sure Paper.

  13. yahmule - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    This one was scary because no SP has successfully returned from two TJ’s.

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