Report: Brewers, left-hander Wolf moving close to deal

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AOL FanHouse’s Ed Price is hearing that the Brewers and Randy Wolf are “closing in” on a three-year deal.
There’s been plenty else today to back up the idea that the Brewers and Wolf were talking. It was thought weeks ago that the Brewers might pass on the left-hander because they didn’t want to forfeit their first-round pick, but the Dodgers’ decision not to offer him arbitration certainly caught their eyes.
Wolf went 11-7 with a 3.23 ERA in a career-high 214 1/3 innings for the Dodgers last season. The healthy season was just his second since 2003, but it did make two in a row and he’s truly been one of the NL’s top left-handers for a year and a half now. He’ll probably earn $10 million-$12 million per season under the terms of his next deal, and the Brewers have the flexibility to pay him after shedding the salaries of Mike Cameron, Braden Looper and J.J. Hardy.

Cardinals place Adam Wainwright on 10-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation

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The Cardinals placed right-hander Adam Wainwright on the 10-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation, the team announced Sunday. The move is retroactive to April 20. In a corresponding move, reliever John Brebbia was recalled from Triple-A Memphis.

This is the second time Wainwright has landed on the disabled list in a month, albeit the first time due to issues with his pitching arm. While the 36-year-old hurler doesn’t believe he’ll be out for long, the Cardinals won’t take any chances with a potential elbow injury, especially as Wainwright is just six months removed from arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow. As the extent of the issue has yet to be revealed, no specific timetable has been given for his return to the mound just yet.

The veteran righty earned his first win of 2018 last Tuesday, holding the Cubs to just four hits and one run over five innings during the Cardinals’ 5-3 win. He hasn’t looked particularly dominant on the mound, however, with eight walks and two home runs spoiling 15 2/3 innings of work so far this season.

The Cardinals have yet to announce a replacement for Wainwright in the rotation, but right-hander Jack Flaherty looks to be available to make a spot start if need be. Flaherty is 3-0 through three starts in Triple-A this spring, with a 2.25 ERA, 1.4 BB/9 and 9.0 SO/9 through 20 innings. He logged one start at the major-league level, delivering five innings of one-run, nine-strikeout ball in a 5-4 loss to the Brewers earlier this month.