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It's official - Wainwright will need Tommy John surgery

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The Cardinals are in Jupiter, Florida for spring training. Our own Brian Feldman is in the middle of all the action. Brian will provide constant updates, so check back through the day for the very latest news.

Feb. 24, 11:03 a.m. -McClellan nails Freese in the back. Ouch.

Feb. 24, 11:01 a.m. -Mozeliak intently watching Kyle McClellan throw his live BP session. Hmmmm.

Feb. 24, 10:35 a.m. - One of the possible 6-7 candidates, Adam Ottavino, is throwing with John Vuch looking on. No Mozeliak or Major League guys watching that I can see. Can't read into much now though.

Feb. 24, 10:25 a.m. - Red Schoendienst drives his cart up to Franklin's bullpen session and drops off Dave Duncan. Nice to see the carpool service.

Feb. 24, 10:23 a.m. - Tony said 6-7 guys are in his mind. Just speculating...McClellan, Lynn, Snell, Walters, Batista, Ottavino would seem like the initial group. It'll be more clear as time goes on and we see who is getting the most attention.

Feb. 24, 10:19 a.m. - Watching PJ Walters throw a bullpen. Automatically this camp just has a lot more intrigue. Going to be interesting to see who will step up. McClellan is the popular choice but Lance Lynn among others could easily impress as well.

Feb. 24, 10:17 a.m. - Mozeliak knew this was a huge risk with Wainwright because it had been an issue all these years. They have no regrets though with the way things were handled.

Feb. 24, 10:11 a.m. - Mozeliak says their expectations for the season don't change. They still expect to be good.

Feb. 24, 10:10 a.m. - Mozeliak says they prefer to fill it in house and will have an open competition for the next few weeks. If that doesn't work they can go outside the organization.

Feb. 24, 10:08 a.m. - It's official. Adam Wainwright will need Tommy John surgery. Out 12-15 months. Too soon to know if he'll be back to start next year.

Feb. 24, 9:29 a.m. -Tony says you have to think about what you have and not about what you don't. They loved their 5 starters before and still have 4 of them.

Feb. 24, 9:27 a.m. -The team will almost definitely not go with 13 pitchers to cover Wainwright's absence. Thinks they can do the job with the guys in camp.

Feb. 24, 9:24 a.m. -Fernando Salas getting set to throw live BP. Maybe ironic because he could be first in line to replace McClellan should Kyle go into the rotation.

Feb. 24, 9:20 a.m. -Tony says he's got 6-7 guys in mind for Wainwright's spot and will just evaluate for the next couple weeks before narrowing it down.

Feb. 24, 9:18 a.m. -Tony won't make anything official (he says Mozeliak will do that soon)
but he talked as if Wainwright will be gone for quite a while. So its pretty much a done deal...just waiting for the "official" announcement.

Feb. 24, 9:01 a.m. - If there is an announcement...its probably not good. Tony taking a while right now which means he's most likely getting briefed on the situation. More as the situation develops.

Feb. 24, 9:00 a.m. - Just heard Mike Shannon say an announcement on Wainwright is coming soon. Could be from Tony momentarily or from someone else in a couple hours.

Feb. 24, 8:48 a.m. - Standing around waiting for Tony to come out and address the media for today. Hoping he'll know more about Wainwright.

Feb. 24, 7:55 a.m. - The other big thing we'll be keeping an eye on is the eventual announcement of what Adam Wainwright needs to fix his injured elbow. A second opinion is being sought...so we'll find out later today.

Feb. 24, 7:52 a.m. - Franklin, Salas and McClellan set to throw live batting practice sessions today along with several others.

 

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