The official word — for now — from the Cardinals is that ace right-hander Adam Wainwright left his start Saturday night against the Brewers because of a “left ankle injury.” But watch the video for yourself …
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If that was an ankle injury, it was to the back of his ankle — the Achilles tendon. And the way his foot was flopping as he tried to limp off suggests that there’s some sort of detachment. The clubhouse was somber after the Cardinals’ 5-3 win over the Brewers and Wainwright said this to the gathered media, via Brian Stull’s STL Baseball Weekly: “I thought I got hit by something. If you look at the replay, I get out of the box and I looked back to think the catcher’s mask must of hit me or the bat must’ve hit me, something must’ve hit me.”
Other athletes who have suffered torn Achilles tendons have reported a similar sensation. The typical recovery time for such an injury is around six months, meaning the 33-year-old could be done for the season.
Jaime Garcia and Marco Gonzales are both battling shoulder injuries, so the Cardinals may have to turn to someone like Tyler Lyons or Tim Cooney. St. Louis was connected this offseason to Cole Hamels.
UPDATE, 10:23 a.m. ET: Sources tell FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal that the “expectation is” Wainwright is done for the season. He’ll undergo an MRI in St. Louis before an official announcement is made.