The worst fears of Cardinals fans were realized today, as general manager John Mozeliak confirmed to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch a short while ago that ace right-hander Adam Wainwright has a torn left Achilles tendon and will miss the rest of the season.
Wainwright, who suffered the injury getting out of the batter’s box on Saturday against the Brewers, will undergo surgery this week. The expected recovery is 9-12 months, so it could even impact his preparation for the 2016 season. Wainwright, 33, is signed through 2018.
This news isn’t unexpected given Wainwright’s comments after the injury, but it’s no less brutal. Losing him is a big challenge. While the Cardinals could eventually seek some outside help via trade, they will try to get by with internal options for now. Marco Gonzales and Jaime Garcia are both sidelined with shoulder injuries at the moment, so either Tyler Lyons or Tim Cooney will likely serve as a stopgap.