Two months after undergoing season-ending surgery to a repair a torn Achilles’ tendon Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright is not so sure about the “season-ending” part.
Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Wainwright recently ditched his crutches and is now getting around in a walking boot, which means he could start upper-body workouts.
And when asked if returning in September or October might be possible, Wainwright replied “absolutely.”
Hummel notes that Wainwright said the same type of stuff four years ago when he was recovering from elbow surgery and ultimately wasn’t able to return ahead of schedule, but this time the 32-year-old right-hander says:
There’s more of a chance here. I know that I’m working toward the end of the season. I don’t know if that will (happen), but we’ll see.
St. Louis has an MLB-best 43-21 record without Wainwright and several other key players, and the Cardinals’ starting rotation has one of two sub-3.00 ERAs in baseball.
Milwaukee has claimed third baseman Matt Dominguez off waivers from Houston after he was designated for assignment last week.
Dominguez was a former top prospect for the Marlins and was once viewed as the long-term answer at third base for the Astros, but he’s hit just .233 with a .649 OPS in 357 games as a big leaguer and for all the praise his glove receives defensive metrics have generally graded him as average or worse.
If the Brewers trade Aramis Ramirez they could turn to Dominguez as his replacement at third base, but for now the 25-year-old has been optioned to Triple-A.
Anthony Swarzak, who went unclaimed on waivers after being designated for assignment by the Indians last month, is headed to Korea to pitch for the Doosan Bears of the KBO.
Swarzak spent five seasons with the Twins as a fifth starter and long reliever and pitched reasonably well in 10 appearances for the Indians this season, but he’s basically a replacement-level pitcher with a 4.45 ERA and 5.6 strikeouts per nine innings for his career.