Ever since the injury suffered by Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright on Monday, the team's comments have been striking a decidedly negative tone. This report, then, is not a huge shock: Adam Wainwright will need to undergo Tommy John surgery. The Cardinals broke the news via Twitter.
Mo confirms Wainwright will need Tommy John surgery
The "Mo" in question is general manager John Mozeliak. Though it wasn't explicitly stated by the team, the recovery time necessitated by Tommy John surgery means that Wainwright will certainly be out for the 2011 season.
Just as with most pitchers whose next step is Tommy John surgery, Wainwright's long-term prognosis figures to be good. He's 29 years old, and the surgery has been successfully and routinely performed on young and old alike. It's possible, however, that this could cause more anxiety than usual amongst Cardinals faithful -- with fears that Albert Pujols could be headed out of St. Louis after the season, they certainly want 2011 to count, and the loss of the 2010 Cy Young runner-up is obviously a huge blow.
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