Adam Wainwright is going to start 2015 how he ended 2014, battling injury.
Luckily for Cardinal fans though, it isn’t the elbow that Wainwright had October surgery on that’s bothering him. Earlier this week, Wainwright flew home from the team’s Spring Training facility to St. Louis to have a “precautionary” look at the pitcher’s abdomen, which had been bothering him since a Monday weight room workout.
He had been throwing pain-free, but was bothered by pain when running or lunging. The news Thursday coming out of Wainwright’s appointment was good, as he was diagnosed with a strained ab muscle and is simply being prescribed rest. Wainwright appears to be in good spirits judging from his tweet earlier today.
Good news Cardinal fans. The doc says I'll still be able to do all my dugout dances in a couple weeks! Thanks for all the prayers!
— Adam Wainwright (@UncleCharlie50) February 26, 2015
The Cardinals were pleased too. General Manager John Mozeliak said today, “Best news we could have gotten.” Of course the news comes far better than what some fans, and maybe even Mozeliak, may have been picturing in their minds, but Wainwright seemingly had no worries heading back, saying Wednesday, “I don’t think it’s very serious at all. I think, probably going to up there, probably not going to see, much of anything at all, but I don’t know that.”
The only thing people will be watching now is how, and when the ace can come back and start going through his routine again. Wainwright was already set up on a Spring schedule that would limit the workload he put on his elbow, and now it’ll be worth monitoring if the veteran righty takes even more rest periods this Spring, or if he will simply lay low for a few days before getting back into his schedule.
Wainwright is expected back at camp in Jupiter late Thursday or early Friday.