ST. LOUIS — Spring training is only days old, but the Cardinals are already dealing with medical questions. News broke out of camp Tuesday that staff ace Adam Wainwright will leave Jupiter, Florida and return to St. Louis to visit a specialist after experiencing abdominal pain.
According to GM John Mozeliak, the issue did not affect the 33-year-old while throwing, but caused him to be limited in workouts.
“He threw his pen the other day and said he felt fine. But when he was doing some running drills, he noticed it there. So at that point, the medical staff decided to slow him down a little bit,” Mozeliak told BaseballStL. “It wasn’t seeing significant improvement over the last couple days. So obviously he was held back from his last throwing session. Ultimately, we’ll see what the doctor says on Thursday.”
Cardinals GM John Mozeliak speaks about the recent news regarding Cardinals RHP Adam Wainwright. pic.twitter.com/Oz3wXbGQ2c— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) February 24, 2015
The club expects to have a clearer picture of what they’re dealing with by week’s end. Mozeliak said he’s not wringing his hands over the news, but does have some concerns about his ace’s health.
“Not overly concerned at the moment, but any time you have to send someone to see a specialist, there’s reason for some concern,” he added.
The abdominal pain is not related to Wainwright’s arm, and there were no concerns over his elbow. The Cardinals now have 25 pitchers in camp, with the first full squad workout set for Wednesday.