At the start of the 2022-23 offseason, veteran right-hander Adam Wainwright, who has pitched his entire MLB career with the St. Louis Cardinals, announced that the 2023 season would be his last.
He was motivated to return after a poor showing in the month of September cost him his spot in the postseason rotation.
The 41-year-old has been on the injured list since the end of March recovering from a groin injury.
The two-time World Series champion has made two rehab starts, but his numbers in each of them have not been stellar.
On Twitter, Cardinals writer John Denton revealed that manager Oli Marmol and the coaching staff have a plan for Wainwright going forward.
#STLCards manager Oli Marmol said the team has formulated a plan for RHP Adam Wainwright & that will likely be revealed later today.
This much is known for now: Wainwright, who has made two MiLB rehab starts, will not join the team in LA for this weekend’s 3-game series.
— John Denton (@JohnDenton555) April 27, 2023
That plan has not yet been revealed, but Denton notes that fans will likely know more about the situation by the end of the day on Thursday.
The three-time All-Star will not rejoin the team this weekend as they begin a series with the Los Angeles Dodgers to wrap up their West Coast road trip.
It is always possible that the right-hander could be given a little more time to get right and make a few more rehab starts with Double-A Springfield.
Not much about the Cardinals’ plan for their franchise legend is known at the moment.
Wainwright struggled in spring training with his velocity, an issue that appears to have resurfaced in the midst of his rehab journey.
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