Adam Wainwright’s comeback status will be determined Monday

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Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright wants to pitch again this season and has been rehabbing to make that happen, but his status for 2015 will be determined Monday when doctors evaluate the health of his torn Achilles’ tendon.

Wainwright tore his Achilles’ tendon in April and underwent what was said to be season-ending surgery, but his recovery has advanced to throwing bullpen sessions that Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch says “continue to gain in intensity and pitch count.”

However, he’s yet to start fielding his position and Goold writes that “he must be able to cover first base and get off the mound to field a bunt comfortably and without the risk of further injury for the Cardinals to consider him for game action.”

St. Louis isn’t exactly hurting for pitching depth in the rotation or the bullpen, but a healthy, medically cleared Wainwright would certainly be an interesting option in October. He has a lifetime 2.98 ERA in 10 seasons with the Cardinals, including a 41-19 record and 2.61 ERA in 70 starts since 2013 and a 3.12 mark in the playoffs.

Indians designate Carlos Gonzalez for assignment

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The Indians have designated outfielder Carlos Gonzalez for assignment. This comes after Gonzalez batted a mere .210/.282/.276 over 117 plate appearances in Cleveland. That came after he had to settle for a minor league contract with the Indians in mid-March.

A few years ago Gonzalez was a superstar, winning three Gold Gloves, two Silver Slugger Awards, making the All-Star team three times and coming in third in the MVP balloting once upon a time. That was then, however. His most recent good season came in 2016, when he hit .298/.350/.505 with 25 homers and drove in 100. In 2017 and 2018 he combined to hit .232/.269/.334. Between his falloff in production and the fact that his big numbers of the past were heavily supported by playing at Coors Field, it should not be shocking that he couldn’t make it work in Cleveland.

If he wants to continue his career, he’ll no doubt have to take a minor league gig someplace. Otherwise, this could be the end of the line.