Adam Wainwright has a 2.15 ERA, fourth-best in the NL, and has not allowed a run in seven of his 14 starts. (Belleville News-Democrat/Getty Images)
Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright has been scratched from his scheduled start on Monday as a precautionary move, general manager Steve Mozeliak said Saturday according to a tweet from Charlie Marlow of KTVI Fox 2 News St. Louis.
His replacement for Monday's home game against the Mets has yet to be determined.
The news on Saturday comes just days after an MRI on Wainwright's right elbow confirmed soreness but no structural damage. The team likened his issue to symptoms typically associated with tennis elbow. The 32-year-old, an All-Star in 2010 and ’13, had his ligament replaced via Tommy John surgery in 2011. Earlier this week, he had a cortisone shot in his elbow.
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Wainwright, who won the 2006 World Series with St. Louis in his second year in the league, said he was pitching “subpar-to-average stuff” despite going seven scoreless innings in last Tuesday’s 1-0 win in Tampa Bay over the Rays.
He currently has a 2.15 ERA, fourth-best in the NL, and has not allowed a run in seven of his 14 starts. The Cardinals are second in the NL Central with a 35-32 record heading into Saturday night's home game vs. the Nationals.