The Cardinals announced Sunday they have placed Adam Wainwright on the disabled list with right elbow inflammation. It’s an unfortunate blow for the veteran right-hander who seemed to have gotten back on track in his last two starts, across which he allowed three earned runs in 12 total innings (2.25 ERA). The move is retroactive to April 20th, and Mike Matheny said on MLB Network Radio Sunday that Wainwright has been dealing with the elbow issue for a little while now.
“Just something that’s been bothering him and he’s been trying to work through it in between starts here, so we kind leaned on him this morning and realized that it just made sense,” Mike Matheny said. “Let’s just take a little bit of time. That 10-day DL is really advantageous to just making sure. Let’s get ahead of something before it’s a bigger issue. Then we’ll adjust from there, but right now, it’s just a little off, so we’re going to have to make a move.”
For the immediate term, right-handed reliever John Brebbia has been recalled in Wainwright’s place, though it’s presumable that Jack Flaherty will get the call up from Memphis for Wainwright’s next turn in the St. Louis rotation, which would have been scheduled for Tuesday. Because of an off-day Monday, however, the Cardinals could push back that spot to as late as Saturday.
Elbow soreness is never a good omen for a pitcher, especially one who has dealt with Tommy John surgery in the past-Wainwright missed the 2011 for the surgery, and more recently had a less invasive procedure on his pitching elbow following the 2017 season. Though Matheny seemed to use more of a precautionary tone when discussing the injury, Cardinal Nation is sure to be holding its collective breath with this news. Wainwright’s contract with the Cardinals expires at the end of the season.