From Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch comes word that Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright progressed through his final day of 90-foot long toss on Saturday at Busch Stadium and is on track to begin throwing off mounds in early September.
Wainwright has been on the disabled list since rupturing his left Achilles tendon while exiting the batter’s box in late April at Milwaukee’s Miller Park.
The typical recovery and rehab time for a ruptured Achilles is 10-12 months, but Wainwright has his sights set on contributing again this season.
“I’m getting better every week,” the 33-year-old right-hander told Goold. “I’ll continue to show up here to the field every day and expect to get better. There will be certain tests I have to pass in September.”
If he does make it back — which still seems like a longshot — Waino would likely be asked to pitch in relief. He began his career in the bullpen as the closer for the Cardinals’ 2006 World Series championship team.
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Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright has been on the disabled list since rupturing his left Achilles tendon during a start April 25 at Milwaukee’s Miller Park.
He hasn’t ruled out returning this season, but it’s a pretty safe bet that he won’t considering most Achilles tears take over 10 months to fully heal.
The 33-year-old right-hander might not pitch in another game for the Cardinals until next April, but he is apparently staying active on the amateur softball diamonds in St. Louis. This story (and a great accompanying picture) comes from the game’s umpire, Greg Lazerwitz …
Wainwright verified the story on his personal Twitter account Tuesday. Watch for the curve, ladies.
All-Star managers Bruce Bochy and Ned Yost have chosen their starting pitchers, with right-hander Zack Greinke of the Dodgers getting the assignment for the National League and left-hander Dallas Keuchel of the Astros being the pick for the American League.
Greinke’s excellence is well known. He’s a three-time All-Star and former Cy Young winner who currently has a 35.2-inning scoreless streak and an MLB-best 1.39 ERA that’s the lowest by any starting pitcher at the All-Star break since 1968.
The other starting pitchers on the NL roster are Madison Bumgarner, A.J. Burnett, Gerrit Cole, Jacob deGrom, Carlos Martinez, Clayton Kershaw, Shelby Miller, Max Scherzer, and Michael Wacha.
Keuchel is a great story. He was never considered a top prospect, had a losing record with a 3.74 ERA in the minors, and went 9-18 with a 5.20 ERA for the Astros in 2012 and 2013. Then last season he took a huge step forward, throwing 200 innings with a 2.93 ERA, and Keuchel has been even better this season with an 11-4 record and 2.23 ERA in a league-high 137 innings.
The other starting pitchers on the AL roster are Chris Archer, Sonny Gray, Felix Hernandez, David Price, Chris Sale, and Hector Santiago.
Last year’s All-Star starters were Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals for the National League and Felix Hernandez of the Mariners for the American League.
Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia had to make an early exit from a start June 24 at Marlins Park after tweaking his left groin muscle. It was initially called a cramp, but he was unable to take his next scheduled turn and now the Cards have placed him on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin strain.
Tim Cooney will remain in the St. Louis rotation, piggybacking Tyler Lyons in Tuesday’s day-night doubleheader with the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Garcia boasts a 1.69 ERA and 0.88 WHIP in seven starts (48 innings) this season. He’s missed a ton of time to injuries in his career, but most of the major problems have been elbow- and shoulder-related.
The hope is that Garcia will be ready to return in a week or so. He’s been a huge lift for the first-place Cards in the absence of Adam Wainwright.
Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia was unable to perform scheduled throwing workouts on Saturday and Monday due to cramping in his left groin — the same issue that drove him from his last start Wednesday night against the Marlins.
Now he’s going to miss a rotation turn.
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Garcia will not make his scheduled start Thursday evening against the Padres. Nothing has been announced yet, but it sounds like 24-year-old southpaw Tim Cooney is going to fill in. Cooney made his MLB debut earlier this summer, lasting just 2 1/3 innings against the Phillies.
Garcia, 28, boasts a 1.69 ERA and 0.88 in seven starts this year for the Cardinals, who have the best record in the majors by far despite losing Adam Wainwright to a season-ending Achilles injury in April.