Back on September 28 some folks wondered if Adam Wainwright‘s final appearance in 2018 was his final appearance as a Cardinal or, for that matter, his final appearance in the big leagues. It was not. The Cardinals just announced that they have signed him to a one-year deal for 2019.
Wainwright, 37, made only eight starts for the Cardinals in 2018 due to elbow problems, finishing with a 4.46 ERA and in 40 and a third innings of work. He has been a below average pitcher when healthy for the past three seasons, in fact, and only pitched in seven games in 2015. One has to go back to 2014, when he won 20 games and posted a fantastic 2.38 ERA, to find him in the form which made him a fixture in the Cardinals rotation for so many years.
He will get at least one more year, however, to show the Cardinals what he can do when healthy.
The Angels have placed Andrew Heaney on the 10-day injured list with left shoulder inflammation, the club announced Saturday. The move is retroactive to July 17, though it’s not yet certain that he’ll be cleared to pitch again by the end of the month.
It’s an unfortunate development for the 28-year-old southpaw, who has battled inflammation in his pitching elbow on and off since spring training. In fact, his arm issues date back several years, including the shoulder impingement that put him on the shelf in 2017 and the Tommy John surgery he underwent in 2016. With such a complicated medical history, it makes sense that the Angels would want to proceed with caution as they facilitate the lefty’s eventual return to the mound.
Given his ongoing struggles, Heaney has seen mixed results with the club in 2019. Prior to his recent IL assignment, he pitched to a 1-3 record in nine starts with a 5.09 ERA, 3.7 BB/9, and 10.6 SO/9 through 46 innings. Since the end of June, however, his starts have gotten shorter and shorter; he lasted just 4 1/3 innings in his final outing against the Astros, expending a tremendous 103 pitches and issuing two runs, two walks, and five strikeouts during the team’s eventual 7-2 win.
In a corresponding roster move, the Angels claimed lefty reliever Adalberto Mejía off of waivers from the Twins. Mejía, 26, is expected to be activated ahead of Saturday’s game versus the Mariners. Over 13 appearances with Minnesota, he turned in an 8.80 ERA, 7.0 BB/9, and 8.8 SO/9 in 15 1/3 innings.