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Wainwright takes next step in bid to return to full health

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?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.
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