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Cardinals confirm Adam Wainwright is done for season with torn Achilles

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The worst fears of Cardinals fans were realized today, as general manager John Mozeliak confirmed to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch a short while ago that ace right-hander Adam Wainwright has a torn left Achilles tendon and will miss the rest of the season.

Wainwright, who suffered the injury getting out of the batter’s box on Saturday against the Brewers, will undergo surgery this week. The expected recovery is 9-12 months, so it could even impact his preparation for the 2016 season. Wainwright, 33, is signed through 2018.

This news isn’t unexpected given Wainwright’s comments after the injury, but it’s no less brutal. Losing him is a big challenge. While the Cardinals could eventually seek some outside help via trade, they will try to get by with internal options for now. Marco Gonzales and Jaime Garcia are both sidelined with shoulder injuries at the moment, so either Tyler Lyons or Tim Cooney will likely serve as a stopgap.

Jose Fernandez ready to face hitters for first time since Tommy John surgery

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The Marlins have stumbled out of the gate with a disappointing 6-11 record, but they entered play today on a three-game win streak and here’s some good news about their rehabbing ace.

According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, Jose Fernandez is slated to throw to hitters next Thursday for the first time since his Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. He’s still under a year removed from the procedure, so everything is going according to plan with his rehab process. He obviously still has some hurdles to cross, but the Marlins are hopeful that he could be ready to return as early as mid-June.

Fernandez, 22, owns a 2.25 ERA with 10.3 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9 over his first 36 starts in the majors.

BREAKING: Brett Gardner is trying to get Alex Rodriguez to grow a mustache

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It’s well known that the Yankees have a strict team policy regarding facial hair, but their players are still allowed to grow mustaches. They are taking advantage of it in a big way this season, with Brett Gardner, Dellin Betances, Jacoby Ellsbury, Chase Headley, and Brian McCann among those sporting ‘staches or at least their best attempt at one. However, a certain someone has yet to participate. Could that change?

Rodriguez is off to a strong start after his year-long PED suspension, batting .269/.424/.558 with four home runs and 11 RBI over 16 games, but growing a mustache would pretty much clinch the AL Comeback Player of the Year Award for him, no? It’s of utmost importance that this happens. We here at HardballTalk wish Gardner luck in his efforts.

Blue Jays release left-hander Ricky Romero

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Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports that the Blue Jays have released left-hander Ricky Romero.

It looked like the Blue Jays had one of the best young left-handed pitchers in the game after Romero compiled a 3.60 (119 ERA+) across his first three seasons in the majors, but his career veered off track after 2011 due to control problems and knee issues. He led the American League in walks in 2012 while posting a 5.77 ERA over 32 starts and hasn’t appeared in the majors since 2013.

With less than two years of service time, Romero signed a five-year, $30.1 million extension with the Blue Jays in August of 2010. This is the final guaranteed year of the deal. It had the potential to be a team-friendly deal, as most extensions with young players are, but Romero’s fall is a reminder that there’s always some risk involved.

Matt Albers headed to DL with finger injury suffered in benches-clearing brawl

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Matt Albers is off to a nice start as a member of the White Sox bullpen after missing most of 2014 due to shoulder problems, but JJ Stankevitz of CSNChicago.com reports that he’s headed to the 15-day disabled list with a finger injury suffered during Thursday’s benches-clearing brawl with the Royals.

The specific diagnosis is a compression fracture of a finger on his throwing hand. White Sox general manager Rick Hahn is hopeful the injury won’t keep him sidelined for long, but there’s no clear timetable for his return.

Albers, 32, has allowed one run on four hits and one walk over 5 2/3 innings this season to go along with five strikeouts.