Adam Wainwright to return to Cardinals
St. Louis Cardinals’ ace Adam Wainwright fate has been figured out – finally. Today on MLB Network’s show MLB NOW it was announced that Wainwright has been cleared for baseball activities.
Wainwright went down in late April after tearing his left Achilles tendon and was rendered out for the season. However, he met with his doctors on Monday and he has been cleared to resume baseball activities. This is excellent news for the Cardinals, they’ve got their ace back.
He may not start, however, Wainwright will likely pitch out of the bullpen. Having Wainwright in the bullpen could end up being perfect for the Cards. He’s a huge weapon for them and they’ve been winning just fine without him. Think about what they could do using him in relief.
The Cards have had issues in late relief a bit this season. Manager Mike Matheny has run through just about all his relievers trying to find someone to nail down the seventh and eighth innings before closer Trevor Rosenthal comes in to takeover for the ninth. Wainwright could easily walk in and be that set-up guy.
Remember the 2006 World Series? Yeah.
That Wainwright could be the man the Cardinals have been looking for to take care of the late innings alongside Rosenthal. Wainwright would mean no more worry about the bullpen – and I completely understand, as an A’s fan, how bad bullpen problems can be! The Cardinals are nowhere near the A’s dire state when it comes to the bullpen but …
Just think though about having Wainwright out there watching another World Championship from the bullpen. If I were a Cards fan it would give me a great sense of security and today we learned that that is a complete possibility. And the last time he came out of the bullpen for the Cardinals? Well, we all know how it turned out – a World Series victory for St. Louis.
Even if he’s not 100 percent ready, if his velocity’s down or he needs time to get his control back – there’s always the Wainwright curveball. His good old, knee buckling Uncle Charlie is virtually un-hittable.
It’s incredible that he has been able to comeback from a torn Achilles tendon – so much for “season-ending” injuries, right? Well, maybe not ….
Yadier Molina injured in play at plate on Sunday
While the Cardinals get great news Monday about Adam Wainwright, they did get some potentially scary news regarding their superstar catcher Yadier Molina, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.
Yadier Molina has slight tear in thumb and will be reevaluated in week to determine if he can return this season #stlcards
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) September 21, 2015
Molina injured his left thumb in a play at the plate during Sunday’s 4-3 win over the Chicago Cubs. The win made the Cardinals the first team to clinch a playoff spot in 2015.
An MRI showed a slight tear in the ligament in his thumb. According to Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak, the team is “cautiously optimistic” about Molina, who will be reevaluated in a week.
The Cardinals could be in some trouble if Molina could not return. He is the leader of the entire pitching staff. He is one of the best defensive catchers – actually catchers PERIOD. of ALL-TIME. They’d be hard pressed to let Tony Cruz be the one to take over for the entire postseason.
It is still likely that Molina will be available, but maybe not at a full 100 percent, for the postseason. The Cardinals had better hope so. He’s a rock on this Cardinals team.