On Monday, Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright seemed to be very happy following a brief session at the bullpen. Pay per head bookies could see that many fans were very worried when a week ago the player suffered an abdominal muscle strain, so he had a very good reason to be in high spirits.
For the majority of the pitching session, the player’s effort wasn’t at its maximum level, but it went up in his last five pitches, and the team’s fans were very excited when they learned about this.
“That was perfect,” said Wainwright. “That’s what I wanted.”
The pitcher was throwing from flat ground, but on Monday he threw again from the mound since he was hurt as he was putting on weight on the rack as he was working out.
On Monday, Wainwright spoke to trainers, who wanted him to try out a lunge – an activity that worsened his injury – but besides that and his pitching they want the player to take it easy at practice.
“They don’t want me to do anything to test it,” said Wainwright. “We’re trying to stay away from anything that might aggravate it.”
And part of this was not participating in fielding practice on Monday.
“I kind of like doing PFP,” said Wainwright. “It’s funny what you miss when you don’t do it. Just running around and being with the guys out there running out from station to station, I miss that part of it.”
On Thursday he’s set to throw again, but the player is not sure if it will take place out of the bullpen mound, or if he will face live hitters.
The ability that Wainwright has to field his spot, or to move away from the line drives, will be key in determining if will take on hitters or not.
“We’re going to make sure that I can do some of that before I face hitters just in case I react a certain way,” said Wainwright.
Last year, Wainwright recorded 20-9 with an ERA of 2.38, then pay per head bookies remember that he received surgery to the elbow during the offseason, to take cartilage out of his elbow. The pitcher started 12-4 with an ERA of 1.83, and in the All-Star Game he started for the National League. Then he was at 8-5 with an ERA of 3.24.
On Friday, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny mentioned that Wainwright could miss out on Opening Day, but many fans hope that he makes it. The manager said that Carlos Martinez would be the one to start on Thursday when the Cardinals face the Marlins in the team’s Grapefruit League opening game.