On Thursday, Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright is scheduled to receive a second opinion on his injured throwing arm. Meanwhile, the tone taken by the team continues to be a pessimistic one. From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Joe Strauss:
Frequently sanguine about injuries, the Cardinals and general manager John Mozeliak made no attempt to hide the situation's potential gravity.
Mozeliak conceded that "things do not look encouraging" and called Wainwright's condition "a significant injury." Manager Tony La Russa called it "a huge hit."
Wainwright apparently experienced minimal discomfort while throwing on Monday, but felt the first warning signs after waking up from a nap later in the day. The 29-year-old right-hander has improved steadily over his career to evolve into the most consistently effective pitchers in baseball. Last season was the best in his career, one in which he recorded a 2.42 ERA with a 1.051 WHIP in 230.1 innings.
The Cardinals do have another great arm in 24-year-old Jaime Garcia, who was shut down late last season but appears to be in top form so far this Spring. Former Cy Young winner Chris Carpenter would figure to serve as the team's ace in Wainwright's absence, but the back of the rotation was a tricky situation for the Cardinals last season.
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