Wainwright continues to work his arm out in some form at least six days per week, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. The veteran right-hander has not only continued his five-day-per-week throwing sessions with rotation mate Kwang-Hyun Kim, but the duo has actually upped its long-toss distance to almost 300 feet. Wainwright also reveals he's throwing to the team's bullpen catcher, Jamie Pogue, on one of the two days he's not playing catch, with the latter wearing a mask and a rubber glove on his throwing hand in order to keep the process safe. Wainwright reveals the extended layoff from baseball has helped him appreciate the game more and has also seemingly rejuvenated his arm, with the aforementioned distance achieved by him and Kim qualifying as one Wainwright hadn't managed in more than five years.
Wainwright has been playing catch from 120 feet out with teammate Kwang-Hyun Kim five days per week during the suspension of spring training, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. An extended layoff such as the current one has the potential to particularly set back Wainwright's readiness for the regular season, considering he's headed toward his age-38 campaign. The veteran right-hander therefore has benefited from Kim's decision to remain in St. Louis as opposed to heading back to South Korea, as it's given him a steady workout partner. Given he's keeping his arm relatively stretched out, Wainwright could ramp back up relatively quickly during any resumption of spring training ahead of a 2020 season.
Wainwright is one of the Cardinals particularly hurt by the current suspension of spring training, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Hummel notes Wainwright appeared to be trending in the right direction when play was paused, as he'd fired five scoreless innings against the Marlins on March 12, a game that would turn out to be the final one for the Cardinals for the time being. However, instead of having at least one more opportunity to build momentum ahead of the regular season, Wainwright has been forced to maintain his own throwing program while awaiting baseball's potential re-start. The 38-year-old right-hander, who's coming off a solid 14-10 record in 2019, projects as the No. 4 starter in the rotation this coming season.
Wainwright is slated to throw at least 45 pitches in twice-a-week bullpen sessions while spring training remains suspended, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports. The veteran right-hander put together his best performance of Grapefruit League play Thursday, throwing five scoreless innings against the Marlins before a pause was put on spring training. Manager Mike Shildt and his staff have put together the aforementioned maintenance program for their projected starting pitchers, and although each player's template is expected to be individualized to an extent, Wainwright's will likely be close to those parameters. The 38-year-old had worked up to 73 pitches in his start against Miami.
Wainwright started Thursday's Grapefruit League win over the Marlins and fired five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and no walks while recording three strikeouts. The veteran right-hander threw 73 pitches overall in a highly efficient performance, one that was in stark contrast to his prior start against the Mets, when he'd surrendered five earned runs on eight hits across four innings. Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Wainwright attributed his success Thursday to some tweaks he made after his last start, including changes to his delivery, timing and grips on the ball. The 38-year-old has enjoyed a solid spring overall with the exception of his aforementioned hiccup against New York, and he currently carries a 4.61 ERA across 13.2 innings over four starts.
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