Update: February 26, 2015 4:15pm PT
The St. Louis Cardinals were happy to report Thursday that their ace, Adam Wainwright, does not have a sports hernia or any other kind of more serious injury. Wainwright had been feeling growing abdominal pain stemming from a weight room injury on February 16, according to Jennifer Langosh of MLB.com.
On Tuesday it was reported that Wainwright was leaving the Cardinals’ Jupiter, Florida training camp and heading back to St. Louis to be examined by specialist Dr. Michael Brunt. Wainwright was diagnosed with an abdominal strain.
He will have to take it easy for four or five days but it shouldn’t put a stop to him starting the season on time. GM John Mozeliak expressed his relief saying,
“I wasn’t overly concerned earlier, but obviously when you’re sending somebody to see a specialist, it’s something you have to worry about. In the end, I feel good about what we know. And I know Adam is relieved.”
The team was already considering having Wainwright make just four spring training starts as opposed to the customary five because the pitcher had undergone an arthroscopic procedure on his elbow over the offseason.
However in light of this latest injury, however minor, Mozeliak said that even taking Wainwright’s number of spring starts down to three should be sufficient for the veteran right-hander.
Original Text: February 24, 2015 3:00pm PT
St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright threw his first bullpen session Friday at the Cardinals’ spring training facility in Jupiter, Florida.
Wainwright who’s health was already under watch, after he struggled through the postseason with elbow soreness, threw the bullpen session feeling fine and without incident. However as he began participating in other workout-related activities, such as running and drills, he began to have pain in his abdomen.
The symptoms became powerful enough on Tuesday that Wainwright was unable to fully participate in the teams workout.
Cardinals’ general manager John Mozeliak has said that while he is not “overly concerned” about Wainwright’s abdominal pain, the team is still going to be cautious with their star pitcher.
Wainwright was already on a slightly behind schedule because of an arthroscopic procedure he underwent over the offseason to relieve the elbow soreness he felt during the playoffs. Now he’s been pushed back even further as the team has taken him off the regular pitcher’s schedule.
Mozeliak still didn’t seem too worried telling MLB.com,
“It’s so early in camp that there is no reason to push him.”
The club had already been throwing around the idea of having Wainwright throw just four Grapefruit League starts, instead of the usual five. His diagnosis may solidify their decision.
Wainwright will be flown from Florida back to St. Louis on Wednesday. He will then be examined by a specialist, Dr. Michael Brunt of Washington University, after which the team will issue an update on his condition.
Even though Wainwright struggled a bit during the postseason, he’s coming off one of his best seasons to date. He went 20-9 with a 2.38 ERA in 2014.