Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright, slated to pitch opposite Madison Bumgarner of the Giants in Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday, deflected concern about his ailing right elbow when speaking to the media on Friday after his club’s scheduled workout was canceled due to the rain.
Wainwright, who is three and a half years removed from Tommy John surgery, was bothered by his elbow in June. He was made mortal in his NLDS Game 1 start against the Dodgers, yielding six runs in 4 1/3 innings. Wainwright said that he experienced discomfort again in his elbow during that start, but added that he isn’t concerned about it.
“The other day, I aggravated that same spot on the backside of my elbow, and now I’m on the mend, and I can feel something. I’m very confident about it, because I felt that before, the exact same thing. I was able to recover very well from it. I have no doubts going into [Game 1].”
Manager Mike Matheny said as much on Thursday as well. Looks like all things are a go for the Cardinals heading into Game 1.