JUPITER, FL. -- If Adam Wainwright were allowed to say what he really wanted to say the last couple days there never would have been much of a worry in Cardinal Nation. He knew his abdominal pain was just a strain. He knew it wasn't a sports hernia.
But he just couldn't say that out loud since he was only 99% sure and not 100% positive.
"It's the news I expected to hear (that this is just a strain)," Wainwright admitted. "But in fairness to you (media), the fans and myself I just didn't want to say something that wasn't true. I don't like lying to you guys or saying something that might not be true so we just wanted to make sure before we came out with it."
Now we know. Wainwright will rest for a few days before getting back into a throwing program. In a couple weeks he'll back with everyone else.
"The good thing is it doesn't hurt me to throw at all. So I can continue to play catch and throw off the mound," Wainwright said. "Everything that I've been told is that in four or five days I should feel dramatically better. Then they could start bringing me back along slowly to the normal daily routine."
This setback - if you can even call it that - won't affect Wainwright's ability to be ready to go Opening Night against the Cubs on April 5th. The Cardinals were looking for ways to limit his spring training work as it was. Nature found a way to do it for them.
GM John Mozeliak said the bare minimum amount of Grapefruit League starts one would need to be ready for the regular season is three. But more is better. Wainwright agreed. He said ideally he'd get more than three but whatever the number is he'll make it work.