Adam Wainwright heads back to St. Louis to have elbow examined

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Adam Wainwright is having his balky elbow examined.
Adam Wainwright is having his balky elbow examined. (USATSI)

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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 (

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 ( "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.

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