Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright will miss one start due to the tendinitis in his pitching elbow, the club announced Saturday. He's expected to return to the rotation next Saturday and general manager John Mozeliak stressed that this issue isn't serious.
"I think this is more precautionary than anything else," Mozeliak said (AP). "It was something that we just didn't want to push if we didn't have to, and he agreed."
Wainwright missed all of 2011 after having Tommy John surgery, but an MRI has already determined that his ligament is sound. Mozeliak likened the condition to tennis elbow a few days ago.
Wainwright, 32, is 9-3 with a 2.15 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 91 strikeouts in 100 1/3 innings this season.
The Cardinals haven't yet determined who will get the spot start Monday in Wainwright's absence.
"Obviously we can sit here and triangulate who might get this opportunity, but we haven't spoken with anybody yet and the fact is it could change depending on how the next couple days go," Mozeliak said (AP). "So it's fluid."