Earlier this week the Cardinals insisted there was nothing wrong with Adam Wainwright’s elbow and he wouldn’t require surgery, but now Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the ace right-hander underwent surgery today to have “a ligament trimmed in his right elbow.” However, now other sources are saying it was cartilage that was trimmed.
Cardinals management downplayed Wainwright’s injury while the team was still playing and then downplayed the notion of him needing something fixed once the season was over, at one point calling the situation “overblown.” And now he’s going under the knife.
Here’s a quote about Wainwright’s status from Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com on October 20:
Wainwright visited with the medical staff on Friday, and they found no reason to have long-term concern about Wainwright’s elbow. The Cardinals plan for him is to have a normal offseason during which he’ll benefit primarily from rest. The club will likely cut back on Wainwright’s workload in spring training to compensate for his innings count over the past two seasons.
So much for all of that.
General manager John Mozeliak told Goold that a second opinion revealed the need for surgery and the Cardinals expect Wainwright to be ready for spring training, with a recovery timetable of approximately six weeks.
UPDATE: And now it’s official.
Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the World Series, in San Francisco:
SS Alcides Escobar
LF Alex Gordon
RF Lorenzo Cain
1B Eric Hosmer
3B Mike Moustakas
2B Omar Infante
C Salvador Perez
CF Jarrod Dyson
SP Jeremy Guthrie
Playing under NL rules forced Royals manager Ned Yost to alter his lineup for the first time this postseason, placing designated hitter Billy Butler on the bench. Yost has also benched right fielder Norichika Aoki, whose struggles defensively have been on full display of late. In his place Jarrod Dyson starts in center field, center fielder Lorenzo Cain shifts to right field, and Alex Gordon moves from No. 6 to No. 2 in the batting order. Mike Moustakas, who had been batting ninth, now bats fifth.
CF Gregor Blanco
2B Joe Panik
C Buster Posey
3B Pablo Sandoval
RF Hunter Pence
1B Brandon Belt
LF Travis Ishikawa
SS Brandon Crawford
SP Tim Hudson
For the Giants it’s back to the usual lineup, which means Michael Morse returning to the bench. Travis Ishikawa stays in left field.
Everyone figured the Dodgers must have shelled out a ton of money to lure Andrew Friedman away from the Rays and now Buster Olney has the details: $35 million over five years.
That’s obviously a ton of money, but $7 million per season means almost nothing to a Dodgers team with a $240 million (and climbing) payroll.
Plus, in terms of what $35 million buys you on the field Friedman is getting–for example–$14 million less than Ricky Nolasco and $13 million less than Ubaldo Jimenez got as free agents last winter. He’s getting third-starter money, basically. Jason Vargas (four years, $32 million) or Scott Feldman (three years, $30 million) money.
I think there’s a strong argument to be made that general managers (or perhaps more accurately front offices, overall) can have a larger impact on a team’s long-term success than even elite players, let alone third starters. GMs are much tougher to evaluate than players and Friedman still has plenty to prove, but if you think a GM and/or president of baseball operations is truly great then $35 million in a bargain.
And my guess is we’re going to see GM salaries skyrocket soon as more high-revenue teams realize it’s one of the few remaining places to out-spend your low-revenue opponents now that draft and international spending is mostly regulated.
Moving the series to San Francisco means the Royals’ starting lineup will be without designated hitter Billy Butler and manager Ned Yost indicated that he’s considering another move.
Benching right fielder Norichika Aoki.
Aoki’s defense has been an issue throughout the postseason, with Yost frequently taking him out late in games in favor of Jarrod Dyson while shifting Lorenzo Cain from center field to right field.
So instead of doing that again Yost may just decide to start Dyson and use Aoki off the bench as a pinch-hitter. Aoki is a better hitter than Dyson, but he’s hardly an impact bat and an extra five or six innings of better defense and baserunning could be worth the change.
John Hart met with the media for the first time since taking over as the Braves’ new president of baseball operations and in doing so the 66-year-old former Indians and Rangers general manager laid out his plans for rebuilding the team:
That’s all the type of stuff frustrated fans will probably eat up–he wants tough guys instead of these losers we’ve had lately!–but really Hart is basically saying nothing.
He wants to bring in players who’re like the players on the two teams currently matched up in the World Series. He wants “tough” players rather than, presumably, “weak” players. He wants “winning” players rather than, presumably, “losing” players. And he wants “players who overachieve rather than underachieve.”