Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Touch 'Em All: Cards ace Wainwright downplays elbow injury

Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright said his elbow injury is not serious. He could miss a start to allow the tendinitis to calm down.

"I'm OK, I really am," Wainwright said Friday. "I know that in this business, when the word elbow gets thrown around, people think the worst. But in actuality and in all honest to goodness truth, the only reason we did an MRI at all was to see how to treat it better, to see exactly which spot was dinged up."

Cards GM John Mozeliak said the team would have a better idea of its next move after Wainwright plays catch Saturday. The righthander was a 19-game winner last year and won 20 games in 2010.

Wainwright is tied for the National League lead in wins at 9-3 with a 2.15 ERA. He had an injection Wednesday after an MRI exam pinpointed the trouble area in the back of his elbow.

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"If I have to miss a start once every three years without going on the DL, I think that's an OK thing," Wainwright said.

Wainwright, who missed the 2011 season after undergoing elbow reconstruction surgery, said the sole reason for the MRI was to aid in rehab efforts. Wainwright sought to calm fans, saying the elbow was fine and the tendon was "thick as an oak tree and strong as can be."

With honors

Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Robin Yount, and Rollie Fingers joined baseball commissioner Bud Selig as some of the inaugural honorees on the Milwaukee Brewers' Wall of Honor.

The plaques on the exterior facade of Miller Park were unveiled before Friday's game against the Cincinnati Reds.

Selig owned the Brewers before taking over as commissioner. The Milwaukee native bought the Seattle Pilots, and the team became the Brewers in 1970.

- Associated Press

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