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Cardinals sign Adam Wainwright for 2019

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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.

Nolan Arenado swats go-ahead homer for 1,000th career hit

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Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado entered Monday night’s game against the Nationals sitting on 997 hits for his career spanning seven seasons. Arenado hit an RBI double in the first inning, grounded out in the third, doubled again to lead off the fifth, then hit a solo homer to lead off the seventh, breaking a 5-5 tie. The homer, off of Wander Suero, represented the 1,000th career hit for Arenado.

Arenado now has four homers on the season along with 14 RBI, 15 runs scored, and a .281/.337/.483 batting line. He has recovered nicely after a slow start to the season — he had a .610 OPS following an 0-for-4 game against the Giants on April 13.