The St. Louis Cardinals have struggled mightily this season and have fallen to a National League-worst 10-24 record.
Fortunately, they got a chance to play behind Adam Wainwright, who made his first start of the 2023 season after missing the month of April due to a groin injury.
Wainwright was solid against the Detroit Tigers over his first four innings.
However, he allowed three runs in the fifth and one more in the sixth before he was ultimately pulled.
After the game, media members were once again questioning whether the veteran right-hander had run out of gas.
In uncharacteristic fashion, Wainwright responded sharply to the criticism and reminded fans that he isn’t retired just yet.
Adam Wainwright: "I’m not retired yet. All right. My stuff is still good. … I’m very confident I’m going to go out and pitch a lot of good games this year. OK? Don’t put me in a grave just yet y’all.” https://t.co/SlnG5S0Y9p #STLCards
— Lynn Worthy (@LWorthySports) May 7, 2023
The normally mild-mannered Wainwright was clearly frustrated by the question he was asked by reporters.
However, he once again expressed his desire to prove his doubters wrong, as he has for so many years.
The 41-year-old made sure to let everybody in the room know that he isn’t retired yet, and won’t be until the end of the season.
The two-time World Series champion also expressed confidence that he still has several good games left in him for his final season.
The veteran right-hander won 11 games in 2022 and finished with a respectable 3.71 ERA, but was motivated to return after a difficult September.
Wainwright closed his statement by telling reporters not to put him in “the grave” just yet.
The 41-year-old’s next start will likely come next Friday at Fenway Park when the Cardinals face the Boston Red Sox.NEXT: MLB Insider Comments On Shocking Cardinals Situation