Adam Wainwright insists his elbow is fine


Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright struggled in Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday night against the Giants, allowing three runs — two earned — on six hits and three walks while failing to make it out of the top of the fifth. He has now surrendered nine runs — eight earned — on 17 hits in nine innings this postseason, and it’s quite obvious that the heavily-used 33-year-old right-hander is not close to 100 percent health.

Cards manager Mike Matheny acknowledged after Wainwright’s rough NLDS Game 1 outing against the Dodgers that Wainwright had been experiencing some discomfort near the back of his right elbow, but Saturday’s ineffectiveness against the Giants was blamed on a mechanical issue.

More from Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

After Saturday’s game, he retired to the video room with catcher A.J. Pierzynski to find that his hand position was off and his stride was late, causing his arm to drag behind. His fastball meandered as a result.

“I would have got a lot more out of what I could have got if I was in a better position to throw the ball,” Wainwright said. “Just everything was out of whack, out of timing.”

Wainwright did not throw any between-start bullpen sessions in September in order to save his bullets for October, but he told Goold that his arm “is in a position (health-wise) that I can and should throw” one before he takes the bump again in this best-of-seven National League Championship Series. That would be Game 5.

Cardinals sign pitcher Miles Mikolas to 3-year, $55.75M deal

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ST. LOUIS — Miles Mikolas is sticking with the St. Louis Cardinals.

The right-hander signed a three-year, $55.75 million contract on Friday that will carry through the 2025 season.

The new deal replaces a $68 million, four-year contract signed in February 2019 that covered the 2020-23 seasons and was set to pay $15.75 million this year.

Mikolas will receive a $5 million signing bonus payable July 1 and will make $18.75 million in 2023 and $16 million in each of the following two seasons. Mikolas can earn a $250,000 bonus for winning a Cy Young Award, $50,000 for All-Star election or selection or winning a Gold Glove, $100,000 for League Championship Series MVP and $150,000 for World Series MVP.

Mikolas is scheduled to make the second opening-day start of his big league career next Thursday when the Cardinals host Toronto. Mikolas went 12-13 with a 3.29 ERA last season while helping St. Louis to the NL Central title.

“Miles stands among the top pitchers in the game today, and has continued to provide a steady presence for us both in the rotation and inside the clubhouse,” St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak said in a statement.

Mikolas is 45-40 with a 3.79 in 143 games with San Diego, Texas and St. Louis. He recently pitched six shutout innings in two appearances for the U.S. in the World Baseball Classic.