St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright watches from the dugout during a spring training baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Monday, March 21, 2011 in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) By Carlos Osorio
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright throws a bullpen session during spring training baseball Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Throughout the postseason, the St. Louis Cardinals have made it a point to keep Adam Wainwright involved. For now, ceremonial appearances will have to suffice for their on-the-mend 20-game winner.
The 6-foot-6 right-hander will always be a part of Cardinals lore as the stand-in closer who got the final out of the 2006 NL championship series and World Series.
Before Game 1 on Wednesday, he shared first-pitch duties with a pair of Hall of Famers -- Bob Gibson and Bruce Sutter -- who were also on the mound at end of title seasons.
In the NL championship series, Wainwright caught the first pitch from a pair of '06 Series stars, Jeff Suppan and Jim Edmonds.