Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright is coming off a win in which he worked seven shutout innings, though he allowed seven hits and two walks while only striking out two. And Wednesday, he's returned to St. Louis -- the Cardinals are facing the Rays in Tropicana Field -- to have his right elbow examined.
Remember, Wainwright missed the 2011 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Of course, that mention requires this follow-up mention: Wainwright has already had an MRI that revealed no ligament damage in the elbow, according to general manager John Mozeliak (stltoday.com).
Mozeliak further told reporters that Wainwright has something "similar to tennis elbow" and got an anti-inflammatory injection in the elbow Wednesday.
"We know the importance of him to our rotation and the importance of making sure he's in the rotation," Mozeliak said (stltoday.com). "We want to be extra cognizant of what he needs to stay in the rotation and be healthy from here. We are going to be cautious with this."
Wainwright, 32, is 9-3 with a 2.15 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 91 strikeouts in 100 1/3 innings this season. He leads the majors in innings pitched while also leading the NL in wins.