September 22, 2011

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Adam Wainwright throws two-inning bullpen session

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The Cardinals suffered their worst loss of the season Thursday afternoon to the Mets, but the organization did get some positive news earlier in the day.

According to’s Matthew Leach, righty Adam Wainwright threw a two-inning bullpen session on Thursday morning at Busch Stadium and reported no issues with his surgically-repaired elbow.

Wainwright, who underwent Tommy John surgery in February, tossed two sets of 20 pitches. They were all straight fastballs, but he’s planning to incorporate changeups within the next couple weeks.

The Cardinals ace will take November and December off before kick-starting a normal offseason throwing program in January. He’s expected to be back at full strength by the start of spring training.

Waino will make $9 million in 2012 and $12 million in 2013 via a dual club option that the Cardinals will exercise as soon as their season comes to a close. He earned a $6.5 million salary this year.

Russell Martin hates the Red Sox

Russell Martin

The funny thing is that if Boston had offered him an extra $1 million, he’d likely be playing for the Red Sox right now.

Martin, who chose instead to try to resurrect his career with the Yankees last winter, told ESPN New York’s Andrew Marchand, “I hate the Red Sox.”

“Anything to get the Red Sox out would be awesome for me,” he said one day before the teams square off in a three-game series at Yankee Stadium.

Martin couldn’t isolate exactly why he feels as he does.

“I guess it just comes with the territory,” Martin said. “When you wear the pinstripes, you just kind of learn to be that way.”

Maybe.  But if Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and CC Sabathia hate the Red Sox, they sure have done a good job of covering it up.  Mostly it seems like the best players on both teams have great respect for the best on the other, perhaps with some exceptions pertaining to Alex Rodriguez, Josh Beckett and Joba Chamberlain.

The Red Sox and Yankees were the finalists for Martin’s services last winter after he was let go by the Dodgers.  The Red Sox opted to stick with Jarrod Saltalamacchia after Martin took the Yankees’ $2.5 million offer, and it’s worked out quite well for both teams.  Red Sox catchers are fourth in the AL with a .743 OPS this year, while Yankees catchers are eighth at .716.  Martin himself is hitting .236/.323/.404 in 406 at-bats.

Mariners shut down Casper Wells due to head issue

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From beat writer Larry LaRue of the Tacoma News Tribune comes word that the Mariners have put an early end to Casper Wells’ 2011 season due to ongoing complications with his head.

The mysterious ailment, which is affecting Wells’ equilibrium, was originally diagnosed as a “severe sinus issue.” But that was ruled out this week after a visit with a specialist. Wells’ eyes have also been checked, and there’s nothing wrong with them either.

The Mariners’ medical team will continue to seek a diagnosis and a course of treatment. For now, they’ve simply shut the 26-year-old outfielder down as a precautionary measure.

“I didn’t go with the team and I’ve seen a couple of doctors this week and found out what it isn’t, we just haven’t figured out yet what it is,” Wells said Thursday. “I don’t want the perception to be I’m taking it easy – the last few weeks, I couldn’t pick up the fastball.

At first I thought it was my eyes, then I thought maybe some kind of sinus infection. In the outfield, I was having trouble seeing the ball. At the plate, the only thing I could really pick up was the curve, and I hit one for a home run in the Texas series at home.”

Wells hit .237/.317/.442 with 11 homers in 241 plate appearances this season between the Tigers and M’s.