The St. Louis Cardinals are currently on track to finish below .500 for the first time since 2007.
While this is going on, veteran right-hander Adam Wainwright is playing out his final season in the big leagues.
The 42-year-old is set to retire at the end of the 2023 season.
He was originally on track to start on Sunday afternoon against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
However, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the team may be shuffling their rotation a bit, so as to give the veteran right-hander a chance to pitch one last game in his home state of Georgia when the Cardinals play the Braves.
This would also give the Cardinals a chance to avoid pitching him in Cincinnati, which is a place where he has struggled historically.
As #Pirates visit, #stlcards were discussing whether they'd adjust the rotation so Adam Wainwright, in his final season, starts next week in Atlanta (his last visit to homestate Georgia) … and then skips Cincy, or as he called it, 'The Devil's Lair.'
— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) September 1, 2023
Goold notes that nothing is set in stone at the moment, and that this was only something that they had discussed internally.
If the Cardinals stay the course, Wainwright will pitch on Sunday and will also have a chance to potentially reach 200 wins in Cincinnati.
The two-time World Series champion and three-time All-Star has struggled this season to the tune of a 3-10 record and an ERA of 8.10.
However, he pitched well in his last start against the San Diego Padres, reaching six innings and allowing just one run, marking his first quality start since mid-June.
It will be interesting to see what the Cardinals decide to do with the veteran right-hander as he tries to navigate two more wins to reach 200 for his career.NEXT: Former Cardinals Pitcher Shows Off His Arm At Charity Event