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.