Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright admitted Wednesday he's been battling a 'dead arm' that's caused him to finish with a 5.17 ERA in six August outings, according to a report from Derrick Goold of The St. Louis Dispatch.
The three-time All-Star entered August with a 1.92 mark and the Cardinals lost again on Wednesday 3-1 to the Pirates, but Wainwright insists he's almost over the hump and is ready to begin September:
"I’ve been going through a dead arm phase. Everybody does that. You have to find a way to get outs. Most of the time today I found ways to get outs. It’s not pretty. But I found ways to get outs. One of these days it’s going to click in and it’s going to be real nice ... I'm ready for September."
The Cardinals also hope to have Michael Wacha back in September. Wacha, who has been battling a stress reaction in his right shoulder since the end of June, will begin his Double-A rehab assignment Sunday.
- Marc Weinreich