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.
Red Sox southpaw David Price was lifted in the first inning of Saturday’s game against the Astros. While there was some initial concern that he might have trigged the elbow tendinitis that has been affecting him lately, manager Alex Cora was quick to clarify the situation as the result of “flu-like symptoms.”
Price pitched just 2/3 of an inning, inducing a first-pitch fly out from Aledmys Díaz, striking out Alex Bregman, and allowing a single to Michael Brantley before making his departure from the mound. He was replaced by rookie right-hander Colten Brewer.
Barring further complications, Price will likely stay on track to make his next scheduled start during the Red Sox’ upcoming road trip. Entering Saturday’s match-up, the 33-year-old lefty carried a 2-2 record in seven starts with a 3.29 ERA, 2.2 BB/9, and 10.1 SO/9 across 41 innings in 2019.
Following Price’s removal, the Red Sox are still tied 0-0 with the Astros in the fifth.