• by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Adam Wainwright likely to be available for Cardinals on Wednesday

    Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright (Achilles) will be available out of the Cardinals' bullpen starting Wednesday, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports. Assuming Wainwright feels good after throwing his third simulated inning in a week Monday afternoon, he could get an inning or two of regular-season action in before the Cardinals embark on their playoff run. It seems hard to believe that Wainwright will have time to get stretched out as a starter for the postseason, but he's played the role of an elite reliever in the playoffs before.

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    Cardinals' Adam Wainwright could be nearing improbable return

    Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright (Achilles) threw another simulated game Monday, Jim Hayes of Fox Sports Midwest reports. Wainwright continues to progress in his recovery from an Achilles issue, and it's expected that he will pitch in relief at some point this week. With Carlos Martinez (shoulder) out for the season, it would be beneficial if Wainwright could start in the postseason, but it seems more likely he will be limited to relief.

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    Cardinals P Adam Wainwright nearing possible return

    Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright (Achilles) will throw another simulated game this weekend after completing a 25-pitch session on Wednesday. If all goes well he could be used in relief some time next week, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. It's possible Wainwright, who has been out since making four starts in April, could get one in the postseason, but at this point it seems highly unlikely. Considering the Cardinals pitching depth it would be somewhat surprising to even see him on the postseason roster, at least in the divisional series.

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    Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright ready to begin baseball activities

    Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright (Achilles) has been cleared for baseball activity, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Wainwright made just four starts with the Cardinals this season before the Achilles issue sent him to the disabled list. It appears he's on track to rejoin the team at some point, but he will attempt to pitch as a reliever when or if he returns down the playoff stretch.

  • by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer

    Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright tosses bullpen session

    Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright threw a light bullpen session on Monday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Wainwright is on the 60-day disabled list with an Achilles and ankle injury.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Cardinals' Adam Wainwright ready to start long toss

    Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright had his last day of throwing from 90 feet on Saturday. Wainwright stepped and threw 40 times from that distance on Saturday, feeling no pain from the Achilles and ankle injuries that have him out for the season. Wainwright will increaes his distance to 120 feet, and he's on schedule to begin throwing from the mound in September. "I'm getting better every week," Wainwright told StlToday.com. "I'll continue to show up here to the field every day and expect to get better. There will be certain tests I have to pass in September."

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Cardinals' Adam Wainwright ditches walking boot

    Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright is no longer using a walking boot, reports Fox Sports Midwest. Wainwright is recovering from a torn Achilles, which he suffered in April. He is hoping to return for the playoffs.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Cardinals shelved SP Adam Wainwright eyes return for playoffs

    The Cardinals boast a 98.9 percent chance of making the playoffs, according to FanGraphs. And shelved starter Adam Wainwright could be pitching in those playoffs, according to Adam Wainwright. The top-flight righty jas been out since tearing his Achilles tendon in late April. It's an injury that generally requires 9-12 months to rehab. The fruition of his hope would mean a six-month recovery, but he's still hanging on to it. "I'll do whatever it takes to pitch in October, he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "That's the deal." Wainwright is speaking as a pitcher who has not experienced the pain common to other injuries. And that has been encouraging. "I feel completely normal at all times," he said. "It's a really strange injury ... as far as pain is concerned. I have had zero pain the entire process and each day my range of motion is getting better and better. My strength is better and my poor, little, tired, sad calf in my left leg is starting to get some strength back." The loss of Wainwright has not proven devastating for the St. Louis staff, which still boasts the best ERA in the majors. That is a good thing because it has put the team in position for another playoff run in which he feels he can participate. But it's a bad thing because it doesn't make him feel particularly good about himself. "They even got better without me," he said. "It makes me feel kind of worthless, to be honest with you."

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Cardinals' Adam Wainwright not ruling out return this season

    Despite undergoing surgery in late April to repair a torn Achilles, Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright said he has not ruled out returning this season, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I know that I'm working toward the end of the season," he said. "I don't know if that will [happen], but we'll see." Wainwright added that the injury is progressing nicely, but he still needs a walking boot. He recently stopped using crutches to get around. When asked if there was a chance if he could pitch in September or October, Wainwright was confident he could. "Absolutely," he said.

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    Cardinals expect full recovery for Adam Wainwright (Achilles)

    After Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright underwent surgery Thursday morning to repair a torn Achilles, general manager John Mozeliak said the team expects Wainwright to make a full recovery, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "Everybody I've spoken to is expecting a full recovery," Mozeliak said. "He's young and he's healthy. People usually come back from this and do well. The doctors feel, that his age, he'll recover fine." Wainwright, 33, is expected to need 9-12 months to make a full recovery, which Mozeliak said was the initial diagnosis. "No surprises," Mozeliak said, "which probably was the best news. [The doctors] didn't have to use any extra material to reattach the tendon, so now it's rest and recovery for probably the next six-to-eight weeks." He added that he hopes Wainwright can be ready for spring training next season. "The message right now is just to be patient," Mozeliak said.