Tough day for Rangers: Poveda set for Tommy John

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Barring a favorable second opinion from Dr. Lewis Yocum, Rangers prospect Omar Poveda will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the season.
Injuries have hurt Poveda’s stock since a very impressive campaign in the Midwest League in 2007. He went 11-4 with a 2.70 ERA and a 120/32 K/BB ratio for low Single-A Clinton then. Shoulder problems limited him in 2008, when he went 4-4 with a 4.47 ERA in 17 starts for high-A Bakersfield. He spent most of last year in Double-A and went a respectable 11-6 with a 4.10 ERA. However, he struck out just 78 in 140 1/3 innings.
In a sense, this could be good news for Poveda, whose stuff simply hasn’t been the same since 2007. He didn’t resemble a potential major leaguer last year, and there was no clear explanation for his loss of velocity. Fortunately, he’ll be just 23 when he comes back in 2011, and if his best fastball returns, he still could factor into the Rangers’ plans.

Jake Arrieta to return to Cubs’ rotation on Thursday

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Cubs starter Jake Arrieta has been out over two weeks with a strained right hamstring, but he’s ready to return to action. The right-hander threw a bullpen on Tuesday and it went well, so he will start in Thursday’s series opener against the Brewers in Milwaukee, MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat reports.

Arrieta, 31, returns with a 14-9 record, a 3.48 ERA, and a 157/53 K/BB ratio in 160 1/3 innings. If he stays on schedule, he’ll make three starts through the end of the regular season, including the regular season finale on October 1 against the Reds.

Arrieta is expected to max out at 75-80 pitches on Thursday and will ramp up through the end of the month.

Cardinals activate Adam Wainwright from the disabled list

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The Cardinals announced ahead of Tuesday’s series opener against the Reds that pitcher Adam Wainwright has been activated from the 10-day disabled list.

Wainwright, 36, has been absent since mid-August due to a right elbow impingement. The Cardinals plan to use him out of the bullpen through the end of the season. Prior to the injury, the right-hander posted a disappointing 5.12 ERA with a 96/44 K/BB ratio in 121 1/3 innings.

Wainwright is under contract for one more year at $19.5 million before becoming eligible for free agency.