Cardinals’ Ace Wainwright Done for the Season?

by Wayne Cavadi | Posted on Sunday, April 26th, 2015
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The St. Louis Cardinals suffered a big blow yesterday. Today’s news seems as if it is worse than they initially feared.

Wainwright hurt himself yesterday in the fifth inning of his start versus the Milwaukee Brewers. It was business as usual for Wainwright, cruising through four shutout innings, striking out four and walking none. Leading off the fifth, Wainwright popped the ball up to first baseman Adam Lind. While legging it out, he came up lame.

“I’ve never had anything down there to compare it to,” Wainwright told the St. Louis Post Dispatch. “I’m thinking what in the heck just hit me. I thought the catcher’s mask must have hit me. Or the bat must have hit me.

“It was crazy,” said Wainwright. “I wasn’t even going that hard. I just popped it up.”

The 33-year old righty brushed off skipper Mike Matheny and left the field under his own power, albeit with a noticeable limp. Wainwright left the park in a walking boot and is expected to be further examined Monday. Although no MRI has been given yet, the Cardinals are expecting Wainwright’s season to be done with a likely torn Achilles.

While it is a tremendous hit to the Cardinals rotation, losing their ace and arguably one of the best righties in all of baseball, everyone knows that the Cardinals are a deep team. Marco Gonzales is in the minors working out some injury and mechanic woes, but should be able to fill the void. The Cardinals are now hoping that Jaime Garcia’s rehab, which is still slated for another 4-6 weeks, goes smoothly and quickly. Until both are ready, the Cards will have to explore options like Tyler Lyons or Tim Cooney in Memphis, with Lyons being the slightly better option.

This is the second time the Cardinals ace will miss a season, going down with Tommy John surgery in 2011. That year, the Cardinals won the World Series, despite being Wainwright-less. Can they do the same one more time? The depth and pieces are certainly there, but Wainwright is a tough void to fill.

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Wayne is baseball junkie who currently serves as the editor for the MiLB site Grading on the Curve, a featured columnist for Yanks Go Yard, and runs his own highly-opinionated, general sports blog Wayniac Nation. Wayne is a die hard Yankees fan living in a house divided - he is engaged to a lovely lady of Red Sox Nation.

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