Adam Wainwright underwent elbow surgery to “trim” cartilage

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Earlier this week the Cardinals insisted there was nothing wrong with Adam Wainwright’s elbow and he wouldn’t require surgery, but now Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the ace right-hander underwent surgery today to have “a ligament trimmed in his right elbow.” However, now other sources are saying it was cartilage that was trimmed.

Cardinals management downplayed Wainwright’s injury while the team was still playing and then downplayed the notion of him needing something fixed once the season was over, at one point calling the situation “overblown.” And now he’s going under the knife.

Here’s a quote about Wainwright’s status from Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com on October 20:

Wainwright visited with the medical staff on Friday, and they found no reason to have long-term concern about Wainwright’s elbow. The Cardinals plan for him is to have a normal offseason during which he’ll benefit primarily from rest. The club will likely cut back on Wainwright’s workload in spring training to compensate for his innings count over the past two seasons.

So much for all of that.

General manager John Mozeliak told Goold that a second opinion revealed the need for surgery and the Cardinals expect Wainwright to be ready for spring training, with a recovery timetable of approximately six weeks.

UPDATE: And now it’s official.