Adam Wainwright plays catch for first time since elbow surgery

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According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright played catch yesterday for the first time since undergoing surgery in October to repair damaged cartilage in his right elbow. It was only 30 throws and he didn’t stretch beyond 90 feet, but he was encouraged with how he felt. He even had a sense of humor about it.

“It didn’t sound like I had a baseball card stuck in the spokes of my bike when I threw,” Wainwright said. “There was no pain. That’s pretty good. That’s good as far as signs go.”

Wainwright expects to begin throwing on a daily basis in about a week and should start throwing from a mound before pitchers are scheduled to report to camp on February 19. The Cardinals will likely ease him into things during spring training, but he appears on track for the start of the season.

Wainwright, 33, posted a 2.38 ERA with 20 wins across 32 starts last season. Including the postseason, he has logged 519 2/3 innings since the start of 2013. No pitcher has thrown more innings in the same timespan.