Wainwright takes next step in bid to return to full health
?By Brian Feldman, Baseball STL
JUPITER, Fla. (Baseball STL) -- Adam Wainwright threw his second side session since returning from St. Louis, where he was diagnosed with a strained abdomen. The injury, if you can even call it that, required the Cards ace to shut things down for just a couple days.
He threw approximately 50 pitches today while simulating a couple innings. Wainwright said the intensity was pretty similar to that of a live bullpen session against hitters.
"Good bullpen," Wainwright said. "I stepped up the intensity and velocity of everything and threw with greater conviction. I felt very good coming out of it and felt very good doing it. Very good step."
The ace says he's scheduled to throw to hitters in a live pitcher's practice session (formerly known as live BP) on Sunday before possibly advancing to a game. There's a chance the Cardinals could elect to wait a little bit longer to delay Wainwright's start and thus control his innings more.
He's able to do more lifting - pretty much anything that doesn't involve his core - and is working towards running full speed, which he says is the last step before being deemed 100% healthy.