Adam Wainwright’s availability for Game 5 of the NLDS was in question because of elbow problems. St. Louis made that a moot point by winning Game 4 to knock off the Dodgers, but now Wainwright’s status for the NLCS is in question too.
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the Cardinals plan to start Wainwright in Game 1 against the Giants on Saturday, but have Lance Lynn ready as a backup option “if the club does not feel Wainwright is ready for the game or is unable to pitch deep into it.”
According to Goold he “has pitched for several months through some tendinitis and discomfort around his right elbow, a condition that caused him to miss a start back in June.”
Wainwright was amazing in September, going 5-0 with a 1.38 ERA, but struggled in Game 1 of the NLDS while giving up six runs on 11 hits in 4.1 innings versus Los Angeles.