From Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch comes word that Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright progressed through his final day of 90-foot long toss on Saturday at Busch Stadium and is on track to begin throwing off mounds in early September.
Wainwright has been on the disabled list since rupturing his left Achilles tendon while exiting the batter’s box in late April at Milwaukee’s Miller Park.
The typical recovery and rehab time for a ruptured Achilles is 10-12 months, but Wainwright has his sights set on contributing again this season.
“I’m getting better every week,” the 33-year-old right-hander told Goold. “I’ll continue to show up here to the field every day and expect to get better. There will be certain tests I have to pass in September.”
If he does make it back — which still seems like a longshot — Waino would likely be asked to pitch in relief. He began his career in the bullpen as the closer for the Cardinals’ 2006 World Series championship team.