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Anniversary approaching, Wainwright feels great

Posted on: February 19, 2012 6:05 pm
Edited on: February 19, 2012 11:42 pm
JUPITER, Fla. -- Tuesday is the anniversary of the day Adam Wainwright's 2011 season ended with an elbow injury.

"I'll celebrate it," Wainwright said Sunday. "Maybe strike out a few guys."

If the rest of Wainwright's 2012 spring is as smooth and happy as the start of it was, the Cardinals will celebrate, because the guy who finished second in the 2010 National League Cy Young voting (after finishing third in 2009) now says that Tommy John surgery was only "a speed bump in my career."

Wainwright has been throwing every third day for more than a month now, so his bullpen session on the first official day of spring training wasn't exactly a revelation. It was, however, a reminder of how far he has come, and how quickly it has all happened.

He was hurt on Feb. 21. He had surgery a week later.

Now, when you ask how good he feels, he says, "I'm reluctant to talk about it, because it feels so good."

Now, he says, "I go home at night not thinking about icing. I'm thinking about what time American Idol's coming on."

The Cardinals have suggested that they may need to limit Wainwright's innings this year. He said Sunday that he doesn't believe in that.

"I refuse to put a limit on innings," he said. "What if I have 185-190 innings going into September? I can't pitch the rest of the season?"

The first step, though, is to get past Feb. 21.

Category: MLB

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2012 6:28 am

Anniversary approaching, Wainwright feels great

Starting Rotation with Wainwright-Carpenter-Garcia isnt too bad. 45 wins out of those 3 Starters is not out of the question. The Starting line up should look like this in May, Furcal-Craig-Beltran-Berkman-Hollid

ay-Molina-Freese-Shumaker-Pitcher. That is a strong lineup 1 through 7. Every Team in Baseball has to worry about Injuries not just the Cardinals. Motte as closer is strong and the whole Bull Pen is strong with young arms in it. The bench is ok. Dont be surprise to see Cardinals in World Series again. Albert will be missed but this is a Team Sport as shown last year by World Champion Cardinals

Since: Mar 14, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2012 10:29 pm

Anniversary approaching, Wainwright feels great

This season is seen as the Cardinals vs the loss of LaRussa and Pujols. With the return of Wainright and the addition of Beltran, plus history of Berkman and Freese so far(not to mention the heavy workload of Carpenter last year), the big battle for the Cardinals will be to stay healthy. This team stays healthy, the division will be theirs. If they don't you will have the improved Reds looking to take back the top spot. Could be interesting regardless, thank God baseball is back!

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: February 19, 2012 7:09 pm

Anniversary approaching, Wainwright feels great

This is good news for St. Louis fans, the Cardinals are a better team with Wainwright in the rotation. 

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