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Wainwright still pushing hard for return in 2015

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Adam Wainwright is helped off the field after getting injured while batting during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps) Adam Wainwright is helped off the field after getting injured while batting during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
By Brian Feldman, BaseballStL

This hasn't exactly been the season Adam Wainwright envisioned.  Adding to the understatement of the century, not only has the Cards ace been forced to sit out a full season for the second time in his big league career – the other being in 2011 – but he's had to watch the team not skip a beat without his presence.

“They've even gotten better without me.  It makes me feel worthless to be honest with you,” Wainwright said at Matt Holliday's Golf Tournament in Ballwin on Monday.  “It's going to be interesting when I get back in that dugout for the first time.  I'm not going to bring my traditionally big personality.  I'm going to make sure I'm not messing anything up.  

“They got a good thing going. I want to make sure I'm adding to it and not getting in the way.”

Wainwright hasn't actually missed the entire season.  The 33-year old started four games in April before tearing his left Achilles tendon.  So where he never even made an appearance in the World Series winning 2011 campaign, at least he has the comfort of knowing he's at least made some sort of contribution this time around.

“I got us three wins,” he proclaimed.

This is a weird time for Wainwright.  He says he hasn't felt any pain the entire time he's been hurt.  Even now as long as he's wearing a boot on that left foot the right-handed pitcher is able to do pretty much anything he wants to do.

“It pains me knowing my arm is healthy and I'm not playing baseball which doesn't really make sense to me.  When you're a pitcher you don't really think about leg injuries.  It happens to some people but it just catches you off guard,” Wainwright said.

It's because his arm is so healthy that the team's ace is determined to make it back before the end of the season.  He's been working vigorously on his upper body and lower body strength so as the Achilles tendon heals, he's ready to get back in baseball shape.

Is pitching again in 2015 a possibility?  Probably not.  But that's not going to stop Wainwright from giving that dream – however impossible it is – a chance.

“You can't stop being who you are right? I'm going to push as hard as I can without being silly.  I'm going to push as hard as I can and try to get back for this team this season.  If not, at least I know I tried everything I could,” he said.

Wainwright was asked – jokingly, of course – if he thinks there will be a spot open for him in the starting rotation when he gets back to full strength.

“I hope so.  I'm a decent pitcher when I'm healthy.”

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