Wainwright (elbow) will play catch Monday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. The veteran right-hander will make his first throws since his May surgery, certainly a critical step toward Wainwright attempting to meet his goal of a return shortly after the All-Star break. The 36-year-old was transferred to the 60-day DL, and his recovery has gone at a fairly deliberate pace. A better assessment of the overall fitness of Wainwright's elbow is likely to be gleaned from his session Monday.
Wainwright (elbow) will begin a throwing program next week, Frank Cusumano of KSDK reports. Wainwright has not thrown since undergoing surgery in May, but he is now on the verge of doing so. Wainwright is hoping to return to action shortly after the All-Star break, and he will at least have a chance to do that barring any hiccups during the rest of his recovery. A better estimate in regards to Wainwright's return will be able to be made once he resumes throwing from a mound.
Wainwright (elbow) has been working out and is readying his body to pitch again since being placed on the 60-day disabled list May 17, but has yet to receive clearance to begin a throwing program, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Despite having yet to progress to throwing off flat ground, Wainwright said that he expects to be ready to pitch by the time he's eligible to return from the DL, which would fall around the All-Star break. As part of his recovery process, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that Wainwright had a platelet-rich-plasma injection in his right elbow earlier in the week. In order to have a realistic chance at being activated by mid-July, Wainwright will probably have to initiate a throwing program by the final week of June, since multiple rehab starts would likely be on the docket for the veteran right-hander. Prior to being shut down by the elbow injury, Wainwright made all four of his appearances in the St. Louis rotation, but it seems likely that he'll have to settle for a bullpen role if all of the Cardinals' current starters are healthy by the time he's ready to return.
Wainwright underwent a non-intrusive procedure on his elbow Monday, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports. The procedure involved doctors using a microscopic camera to take pictures of the inside of his right elbow in an attempt to determine the root of his pain. The results aren't known at this point. Wainwright is currently on the 60-day disabled list and isn't eligible to return until mid-July.
Wainwright (elbow) will undergo further examinations this week after being placed on the 60-day DL on Thursday, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports. Wainwright's initial MRI came back with inconclusive results so the right-hander will head in for a second look following his re-aggravation of an elbow injury he suffered in late April. Look for an update on his diagnosis and timetable to be revealed sometime this weekend.