JUPITER, FL (BaseballStL) —Word is expected to come down at any time - possibly at some point today - as to exactly what specialists in St. Louis found in Adam Wainwright’s abdomen that’s been causing him to much discomfort. The Cards’ ace went back home on Wednesday to get tests done.
No one is sure as to why he’d been having so much trouble running while pitching proved not to be a problem.
A sports hernia is one potential diagnosis; however, Wainwright says he’s not sure exactly what the pain is and he didn’t want to speculate when pressed about it at the Cards spring training complex in Jupiter, Florida yesterday.
Should the 33-year old be forced to miss extended time - and even that remains to be seen - it could alter what GM John Mozeliak does with the starting rotation. Currently, beyond Wainwright, Lance Lynn, John Lackey, Michael Wacha and Carlos Martinez the Cardinals have Jaime Garcia and Marco Gonzales preparing to start.
It’s possible one of those two could open the season in the starting rotation should Wainwright be unavailable. But if the ace’s absence is projected to be for longer than that Mozeliak may be forced to find alternatives beyond what’s already in camp.
We’ll have the latest on Wainwright’s injury status the second it’s revealed on BaseballStL, KMOV.com and News 4.