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.
The Astros’ sign-stealing story broke in November, a steady drumbeat of coverage of it lasted through December and into January, when Rob Manfred’s report came out about it. The report was damning and, in its wake, Houston’s manager and general manger were both suspended and then fired.
After that a steady stream of media reports came out which not only made the whole affair seem even worse than Manfred’s report suggested, but which also suggested that, on some level, Major League Baseball had bungled it all and it was even worse than it had first seemed.
Rather than Manfred and the Astros putting this all behind them, the story grew. As it grew, both the Red Sox and Mets fired their managers and, in a few isolated media appearances, Astros’ players seemed ill-prepared for questions on it all. Once spring training began the Astros made even worse public appearances and, for the past week and change, each day has given us a new player or three angrily speaking out about how mad they are at the Astros and how poorly they’ve handled all of this.
Why have they handled it so poorly? As always, look to poor leadership:
In other news, Crane was — and I am not making this up — recently named the Houston Sports Executive of the Year. An award he has totally, totally earned, right?