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MRI shows no ligament damage in Adam Wainwright’s elbow

Jun 11, 2014, 9:03 PM EDT

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MLB.com beat reporter Jenifer Langosch has the update, which can be considered promising news for the Cardinals and their ace …

Adam Wainwright, who disclosed after his Tuesday night start that he has been battling tendinitis for the past few weeks, returned to St. Louis on Wednesday to have an MRI on his right elbow.

The exam showed that the soreness is not the result of damage to the ligament, which was already replaced when Wainwright underwent Tommy John surgery in 2011. Instead, the Cardinals are describing the issue as similar to that of tennis elbow, a condition that can be caused by overuse and overextension of the elbow.

Wainwright was given a cortisone injection to help with the elbow discomfort. He has not been scratched yet from his next scheduled start — Monday night against the Mets — because the Cardinals’ medical staff wants to see his right elbow responds to the cortisone. A decision will be made Friday or Saturday.

Wainwright, 32, owns a 2.15 ERA and 0.927 WHIP through 14 starts this season for St. Louis.

He threw a whopping 276 2/3 innings last year between the regular season and playoffs.

  1. okwhitefalcon - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Countdown to St. Louis Post Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklasz accusing Mike Matheny of mishandling and/or overuse and blaming him for Wainwright’s elbow soreness begin in:

    3…2..1.

  2. SocraticGadfly - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    A second MRI showed Matheny missing the portion of his brain responsible for proper bullpen management. A third MRI showed that some people think Matheny is god and Miklasz is Satan.

    • paperlions - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:41 AM

      The portion of the Cardinal fan base with which I am familiar think Matheny is a horrible in-game tactical manager and lament that the Cardinals will probably have to suck for multiple years before it is possible to replace him with someone competent in that regard. They don’t think much more of Miklasz, whose conclusions about baseball are rarely supported by the evidence, but then….his job isn’t to be right, but to be read.

      • stex52 - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:12 AM

        Do you really think Matheny is having that much influence on the game? And the Cards have to suck for multiple years? Based on recent history, do you really expect that?

      • paperlions - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:45 AM

        No, I don’t think the Cardinals will suck enough for him to get fired. Yes, I do think he has that much effect on games. His batting order’s often make no sense (e.g. always batting Grichuk, who sucks, 2nd). He will make double switches that reduce the quality of the offense and defense when he didn’t have to make one because the pitcher was going to be pulled anyway. He IBBs too many hitters, he calls for sac bunts in the first inning. His bullpen management is horrible. In short, in close games, players have to overcome the opposition and their manager, who makes many decisions most games that decrease their chances of winning. True, the net effect of those moves may be to decrease their chances of winning by only 1-3%, but a manager is supposed to improve a teams chances of winning, not be in the way.

        He also makes horrible decisions about playing time based on god knows what….and he loves small sample sizes and will often say things like “we have to get Ellis in the lineup because he’s 4-7 against the starting pitcher” which is dumb anyway, but if you look, sometimes those PAs were several years ago.

        He regularly looks lost and panicky in the dugout, as if he is having a hard time processing information and making decisions. I honestly think he’s just pretty stupid.

      • stex52 - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:25 PM

        Maybe your diagnoses are correct. I like the Cards, but – being in the Houston area – I don’t watch them that often. But no one thought he was stupid when he was catching. Quite the opposite.

      • paperlions - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:39 PM

        Yeah. There are many ways to be smart. He may have a great intuitive feel for catching and calling a game. But his in-game managing has been horrible. There isn’t any evidence that he’s learning anything and he looks like he struggles to process information and to use information to inform decisions….as a result, he “goes with his gut” a lot and uses small sample sizes and recent events to make decisions.

  3. westcoastredbird - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Is it just me or is Taveras about 4 inches to far from home plate. He has lousy plate coverage on pitches anywhere near the outside corner. Fouls too many outside pitches off before flying out to left field.

    • paperlions - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:43 AM

      It’s just you, he has hit several balls off the outside corner hard. It isn’t his fault that MLB umps think the plate extends into the RHH batters box when a lefty is up….he and Carpenter both have the same issue of excessive called strikes on pitches that aren’t even close. Taveras’ has a lot of extension during his swing, he has to stand that far away to be able to hit anything on the inside corner.

  4. westcoastredbird - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    Oh yeah. Great news on Waino! Machine Gun Kelly is almost back. You can never have enough pitching.

  5. beepbeepbeeplgb - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    thanks pl, I was thinking the same thing. n honestly I think Taveras has hit the ball very well, just hits most balls right at ppl.

  6. stex52 - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Overuse and overextension of the elbow? Is that something pitchers do? :-)

  7. jimmyt - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Sounds like he’ll be OK with some rest. The Cards have great depth at pitching and once the hitting comes around they will be a force as always.

    • ud1951 - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:45 PM

      Yes they have depth, however, they are 11-3 when he pitches and 23-29 when he doesn’t. Him being out for any length of time, or being less effective, is a big deal. But yes, two or three more runs per game would paper over most of the other issues the team has.

      Fifth starters by the way have been a problem, they are 3-10 when the three guys who have served as fifth starters pitch, so expecting help from the pitching depth may be a bridge too far.

  8. mkprz - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Cortisone shot? Didn’t MLB have a big discussion about TJ surgeries and the problem with covering up pain with shots?
    “Ah, don’t worry about it Adam. This will make the pain all go away……”
    Post-season news: “TJ surgery for Adam. Cardinals puzzled”

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