Mike Matheny tabs Adam Wainwright as the Cardinals’ Opening Day starter

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Per ESPN’s Mark Saxon, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has announced that Adam Wainwright will start for the Cardinals on Opening Day, barring a setback. Matheny said, “I mean, he’s our guy.”

Wainwright, 34, suffered a torn Achilles in late April last season, forcing him to miss five months. He returned on September 30 and made three one-inning appearances out of the bullpen, allowing one run on two hits and a walk with two strikeouts.

The news doesn’t come as any surprise, as Wainwright has been with the Cardinals since 2004 and has been a significant factor in their success over the past decade. With 1,569 2/3 innings under his belt over his career, Wainwright owns a 2.98 ERA with 1,326 strikeouts and 390 walks. This will be Wainwright’s fifth career Opening Day start and his fourth consecutive.

The Cardinals bolstered their rotation this offseason, adding Mike Leake on a five-year, $80 million deal. He joins Jaime Garcia, Michael Wacha, and Carlos Martinez behind Wainwright.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.