Adam Wainwright (42, St. Louis Cardinals) is recovering from an injury and going on his first outing of the season.
CBS Sports said on the 3rd 안전놀이터(Korean time), “Wainwright is expected to make his first appearance of the season against the Detroit Tigers on the 7th.”
Wainwright, who announced his retirement at the end of this year, started his final season on the injured list (IL).
This is because of a groin injury sustained during the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC). Wainwright, who participated in the WBC with the U.S. national team, started two games and allowed two runs in eight innings, leading the U.S. team to the final. However, he was injured during training ahead of the final against Japan, which put a brake on preparation for the season.
As the season started in IL, the originally planned start for the opening game of the 2023 season was also canceled.
Wainwright, who has recovered his health, has adjusted his condition by making three appearances in the minor leagues, including Double-A and Triple-A. During this period, he recorded 18 hits (2 home runs), 2 walks, 13 strikeouts and 9 runs in 13 innings. In his most recent appearance, against the Triple A Durham Bulls under the Tampa Bay Rays on the 1st, he recorded 5 ⅔ innings, 7 hits, 1 walk (1 home run) and 4 runs. Strike out 9 out.
The media explained, “St. Louis hopes that veteran Wainwright will return as much as he has recovered from injury and help stabilize the pitching staff.” .
St. Louis is going through a difficult season, finishing at the bottom of the National League Central Division (10 wins and 2 losses) this season. Wainwright needs to return and play a central role on the mound so that the team can try to rebound.
It is even more meaningful that this year is Wainwright’s final season.
After entering the big leagues in St. Louis in 2005, Wainwright played an active part as a one-club man and recorded 195 wins, 117 losses, and an ERA of 3.38 in 457 games. He was selected as an All-Star three times and also received two Gold Glove Awards.