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.