Adam Wainwright to have an MRI on his elbow . . . but it may be OK

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This is the kind of news that’ll make Cardinals fans’ sphincters clench with anxiety:

Langosch followed up by noting that, according to Mike Matheny, it’s not a ligament issue. It’s more discomfort akin to tennis elbow. Which OK Dr. Matheny, I think Cards fans may want to wait for the MRI results before they unclench those sphincters.

Wainwright pitched just last night and seemed just fine, shutting out the Rays for seven inning en route to his ninth win of the season. He has a 2.15 ERA and a 91/21 K/BB ratio in 100.1 innings.

Padres sign Jordan Lyles

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The Padres announced on Sunday that the club signed pitcher Jordan Lyles to a one-year major league contract with a club option for 2019. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Lyles will earn $750,000 in 2018. Pitcher Travis Wood was designated for assignment to create room on the 40-man roster for Lyles.

Lyles, 27, had miserable results between the Rockies and Padres last season, compiling an aggregate 7.75 ERA with a 55/22 K/BB ratio over 69 2/3 innings. While he specifically gave up 24 earned runs in 23 innings across five starts with the Padres, it was a small sample. A full season at the pitcher-friendly Petco Park, as opposed to Colorado’s Coors Field, might help revitalize his career.

Wood, 30, went to the Padres at the non-waiver trade deadline from the Royals this past season. Overall, the lefty posted an aggregate 6.80 ERA with a 65/45 K/BB ratio in 94 innings. He’ll earn $6.5 million this season and has an $8 million mutual option with a $1 million buyout for 2019. So, the Padres are just eating $7.5 million minus the league minimum, assuming Wood latches on elsewhere.