The Cardinals will try to limit Adam Wainwright’s workload next season

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Adam Wainwright was brilliant at times this year but he also battled fatigue and soreness, and his last couple of playoff outings have been rough, possibly as a result of all of that. He’s been one of the hardest worked pitchers in baseball throughout his career, but going forward the Cardinals are going to try to limit his mileage, reports Derrick Goold of the Post-Dispatch:

Wainwright already had a reduced schedule this past spring, and a further reduction is possible. The Cardinals also could prescribe rest periods for Wainwright next season, as they have done in two-week increments for the younger pitchers. Wainwright has defined himself by a pursuit to lead the league in innings, but the club will at least discuss a way to reduce his regular-season work so he isn’t spent by October.

There aren’t many tougher pitchers in baseball than Wainwright. He is one of the few guys who excelled after rehabbing a partially torn UCL, and then when he finally did need Tommy John surgery, he excelled after that as well.

But the innings and pitches do take a toll, so the Cards will try — after this postseason ends — to find a way to pace their ace.

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.