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Wainwright returns to DL days after activation, Flaherty tapped to start

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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright is taken out of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres in the third inning. (AP Images) St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright is taken out of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres in the third inning. (AP Images)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- As expected, veteran righthander Adam Wainwright is headed back to the disabled list after inflammation in his throwing elbow resurfaced over the weekend.

The 36-year-old starter had previously been on the disabled list for elbow inflammation, and was activated for Sunday’s game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

He told reporters he felt discomfort in his elbow during pre-game warmups, but attempted to pitch through the pain. He lasted just seven outs, giving up three hits and two earned runs while striking out three.

Wainwright returns to the disabled list with questions lingering about his long-term viability and role, especially with phenom Alex Reyes returning to action after Tommy John surgery.

The 23-year-old righty made a second rehab appearance Monday night, throwing five scoreless innings at Single-A Peoria. During the start Reyes struck out 12 and walked two, allowing just one hit as he routinely flirted with triple digits on the radar gun.

His return to the majors is likely imminent, which means the Cardinals will have to make tough decisions as to where he fits and what that means for the aging and ailing Wainwright.

In the short term, RHP Jack Flaherty has been recalled from Triple-A Memphis and is set to start Tuesday’s game in Minneapolis against the Twins.

The 22-year-old Flaherty has made two starts this season in the majors for the Birds, posting a 3.60 ERA in 10 innings while striking out 11.

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