Adam Wainwright hasn’t ruled out returning this season

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Two months after undergoing season-ending surgery to a repair a torn Achilles’ tendon Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright is not so sure about the “season-ending” part.

Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Wainwright recently ditched his crutches and is now getting around in a walking boot, which means he could start upper-body workouts.

And when asked if returning in September or October might be possible, Wainwright replied “absolutely.”

Hummel notes that Wainwright said the same type of stuff four years ago when he was recovering from elbow surgery and ultimately wasn’t able to return ahead of schedule, but this time the 32-year-old right-hander says:

There’s more of a chance here. I know that I’m working toward the end of the season. I don’t know if that will (happen), but we’ll see.

St. Louis has an MLB-best 43-21 record without Wainwright and several other key players, and the Cardinals’ starting rotation has one of two sub-3.00 ERAs in baseball.