St Louis Cardinals ace righthander Adam Wainwright will be forced to miss his next start, which was scheduled for Monday against the New York Mets at Busch Stadium. He has tendinitis in his right elbow.
Wainwright had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and missed the entire 2011 season.
Wainwright said that his surgically repaired ligament is fine, and there is just a small area of discomfort. The Cardinals reiterated this. GM John Mozeliak said it was precautionary only, and that if it were October, he would pitch.
The Cardinals have Wainwright penciled in to start on Saturday instead against the Phillies, also at home.
Wainwright is 9-3 on the season with an exceptional 2.15 ERA.
Wainwright said that his elbow has been sore over his last two starts. His performance didn’t suffer any ill effects, as he won both games and gave up just two runs in 15 innings.
There is no word yet on who will take Wainwright’s turn in the rotation on Monday. It will not be Tyler Lyons, who is making another rehab start tonight for AA Springfield.
There is speculation that prospect Carlos Martinez could make the start. He last pitched on Wednesday night against the Rays.
Martinez has had a rough go of it thus far, posting a 0-3 record with a 4.67 ERA out of the St. Louis bullpen this season.
Wainwright had received a cortisone injection in the elbow on Thursday in hopes of making the elbow pitching ready by Monday. However, the Cardinals have decided to err on the side of caution with their ace.