FORT MYERS, Florida—Adam Wainwright pitched two scoreless innings in his first start in over a year, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Twins on Friday.
Wainwright went 1-2-3 in the first, capping it off with a punchout of Twins catcher Joe Mauer. He then worked around a walk in the second inning.
Wainwright missed all of last season after having elbow ligament replacement surgery and hadn’t pitched since Sept. 24, 2010.
Wainwright told News 4’s Brian Feldman after the game that he doesn’t remember going into a spring training game with such good of stuff. He says he felt great and never once thought about his elbow, his health or anything other than pitching.
In response to a question on what he wanted to get out of this start, Wainwright said he had a plan that he visualized and wanted to stick to it.
Wainwright also said it certainly did not feel like it’s been a year and a half since he took the mound in a game. He said it was almost as if he took the ball five days ago and he never missed any time.
In the wake of the news that Chris Carpenter is seeking an opinion from a specialist for a possible nerve injury in his neck, Wainwright could be needed even more in 2012. It’s hard to say what will happen with Carpenter. He could miss a week or two and be back fine. But given the fact he’s had nerve-related injuries in the past, nothing is certain.
In the game, Lance Berkman had two hits and a walk and Rafael Furcal homered for the St. Louis offense.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.