Wainwright Will Undergo Tommy John Surgery

THURSDAY, 10:01am: GM John Mozeliak confirmed that Wainwright will undergo Tommy John surgery according to the team's official Twitter feed. The injury will keep him on the shelf for all of 2011.

WEDNESDAY, 8:59amAdam Wainwright is heading back to St. Louis to have his right elbow examined, and right now the team expects the worst. "I can say just based on the initial evaluation from our training staff, things do not look encouraging," said GM John Mozeliak according to Derrick Goold of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. ESPN's Buster Olney says (on Twitter) that it appears the team is expecting their ace to have Tommy John surgery, which would keep him out for all of 2011.

Wainwright, 29, has been one of the game's best pitchers in recent years, pitching to a 2.53 ERA with 8.3 K/9 and 2.4 BB/9 in 463 1/3 innings over the last two seasons. He finished second in the NL Cy Young voting last season and third in 2009. Rival executives are speculating that the Cards will pursue Kevin Millwood in the wake of the injury, according to Olney (on Twitter). Over the weekend we heard that Millwood was "waiting for the right widespread panic."

If Wainwright finishes the 2011 season on the disabled list, his $9MM option for 2012 and $12MM option for 2013 will not vest


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212 Comments on "Wainwright Will Undergo Tommy John Surgery"


BravesRed
4 years 6 months ago

As I told SPAN on twitter, bad news for fantasy players who have him.

bucs_lose_again
4 years 6 months ago

That’s game-breaking insight, folks.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 6 months ago

The fact that he told me on twitter?

Or that Fantasy teams get screwed?

pastlives
4 years 6 months ago

the latter, it sounds like

East Coast Bias
4 years 6 months ago

This is why you shouldn’t draft so far from opening day.

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 6 months ago

Mid to end of March is when one should be drafting for their respective leagues.

4 years 6 months ago

I’d think most people who already have him are in keeper leagues, not really early draft leagues.

4 years 6 months ago

This would be devastating for St. Louis.

Chuck345
4 years 6 months ago

“Would” be? What do you think, the author and Adam Wainwright himself is just jerking everyone around?

Karkat
4 years 6 months ago

Wow, this came out of nowhere. I’ve loved watching him pitch for the past couple seasons.

I might go so far as to say that this takes the Cardinals out of the discussion in the NL Central.

JohnOrpheus
4 years 6 months ago

especially if they plan on replacing him with kevin millwood.

Chuck345
4 years 6 months ago

Sure…kick the Cardinal fans when they are down.

johnsilver
4 years 6 months ago

Don’t think that is kicking the Card’s, but cold hearted reality. Now St. Louis will have to start looking for somebody to give them innings at least and rubbish pile Millwood is about all that there is via FA. you just know Boras is salvitating for the worst news..That vulture.

Maybe the Phillies would unload Blanton, or better..Orioles and Guthrie if the news is the worst. Guthrie have always felt would be a beast in the NL.

4 years 6 months ago

I’ve got the perfect solution: Make Pujols a starter!

Slopeboy
4 years 6 months ago

Not to worry, Duncan can turn this pumpkin into Cinderella

notsureifsrs
4 years 6 months ago

maybe, but the stroke of midnight will usually come in about the fourth or fifth inning

daveineg
4 years 6 months ago

If you look at Wainwright’s season in 2010, I’m not sure it quite came out of nowhere. He was odds on favorite for Cy Young in early August, but had a string of 4-5 starts there where he wasn’t all that sharp. Remember too, he logged 260 innings the last two seasons after posting just 132 the year before. I thought before this happened Cards would falter as Garcia would backslide a bit, and they were weak in the #5 slot with Lohse. I see them going after Millwood, because he can eat innings and it’s hard to make up for a guy that threw 230 innings.

Karkat
4 years 6 months ago

Now that you mention it, I do recall some problems last fall, as well as some injury scares (he was my fantasy ace, so I was watching him closely. Now I’m thankful it wasn’t a keeper league).

4 years 6 months ago

tough break, hopefully he has good recovery if he’s heading for TJ surgery.

riotmute
4 years 6 months ago

Absolutely devastating. As a Cards fan, hard not to believe season is already over

Jason Klinger
4 years 6 months ago

All is not yet lost. Cards still have Carpenter, Garcia, Westbrook and (gulp) Lohse. There is plenty of time for St. Louis to find another SP, though their best chance might be a trade. Blanton would make a nice No. 3/4 for the Redbirds.

ubercubsfan
4 years 6 months ago

Unfortunately, for a team that seems to want to penny pinch against the best player in the game right now, I doubt they will want to take on another 8.5MM for Blanton this year.

Bino9
4 years 6 months ago

They’re not trying to penny pinch Pujols. They don’t have that big of a market as they would probably like. Pujols wants 30M a year for a sustantial amount of time. Not that many clubs can give him that plus fill out the rest of their roster. Pujols and the rotation would’ve been close to 70-80M range alone. Rays and Marlins dont even spend that much for their entire club

ubercubsfan
4 years 6 months ago

For a team that comes in ranking top 4 in butts in the seats behind Yanks/Phillies/Dodgers they should be able to afford Pujols. Not to mention merchandise sales and whatnot. They just don’t to up their payroll up another 10-15MM because they are penny pinching.

4 years 6 months ago

Well using your premise, I could easily say the Cubs overspend, which is why they are a pile of dung right now.

-Alfonso Soriano

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

The Cubs aren’t crap. That’s the Pirates–owners of the worst losing streak in sports history. Get it straight, man.

MB923
4 years 6 months ago

Worst franchise in professional sports. Well worst ownership I should say.

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

Are you referring to the Cubs, the Pirates, or how about the Knicks? Forget about the Carmello Anthony trade, the Knicks have the worst ownership in sports. They’ve got the CUBS beat by a mile. Especially when you consider the Ricketts just bought the team!

MB923
4 years 6 months ago

Was referring to the Pirates. I’ll agree and say the Knicks have the worst basketball ownership though.

And what makes you think I was talking about the Cubs? How could the Cubs be worse than the Pirates. The Cubs have had at least won divisions in recent years and have had winning seasons.

Jimmy Hoffman
4 years 6 months ago

Although the Knicks are synonymous with being terrible in New York, the team makes more money than any other in the NBA and it is still considered a business.

sam_lammert
4 years 6 months ago

the pirates have won the world series in the last century

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

So? What does that have to do with HOW INCOMPETENT the organization is now and for the past 18 seasons?

bmoneyy20
4 years 6 months ago

right on point, they havent won 81 games in a season since bonds,bonilla and doug drabek were their studs

4 years 6 months ago

Merchandise sales won’t go up because they resign him, at best, it would stay consistent. Now, you could say that merchandising would go down if they lost Pujols.

it’s funny that players want to win, but their contract demands effectively make it less likely that the team can spend money on others, thus costing them the chance to compete.

I also think it’s funny that fans support the idea that he’s worth it, since they are the ones paying the piper in the end (that being said, if anyone is worth it, it’s Pujols),

4 years 6 months ago

its about media sharing, TV bs, and market. St. Louis is dwarfed in comparison to Chicago, New York, and all California teams. The loyal fans that travel from all throughout the midwest have nothing to do with that

JamesOrLurch
4 years 6 months ago

The Cardinals actually have the best TV ratings of any MLB team.

4 years 6 months ago

It seems that I read somewhere that the St. Louis Television market is (7th) lowest in all of MLB.

Ferrariman
4 years 6 months ago

that isn’t about ratings.

NL_East_Rivalry
4 years 6 months ago

Although I haven’t done studies into it, I’ve had a Cards fan explain that they topped out their market. They can’t raises prices any higher of beer or seats based upon where they are at right now and the pay-roll of the fans that go there. It’s almost extortion, yet they still come out. They can only pay him what they can make.

Bino9
4 years 6 months ago

Is Pujols worth 30M? Right now, yes. BUT, he more then likely wants it for 10 years similar to that of the ARod signing. He won’t be worth that after 5 years. He himself is going to be hurting his team (Cardinals) the opportunity to win championships with him limiting the team by spending for more and more players that they would be needing in the future. Basically you can blame Yankees for Pujols wanting that much, which is why Baseball needs to have a salary cap soon. Not every team can have over 150M budget every single year. IF Pujols gets the 30M+ year from Cards then he will be pushing the Cards budget way too high from what the owners can probably deal with. Yea the Merchandise sales and sales in seats, but that’s only because they have a winning team for the most part and Pujols, if he gets what he wants then they will start losing because other players won’t get the money that they want and some of them deserve due to the budget.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 6 months ago

Disastrous news. The last thing you ever want to see happen in baseball, period.

Best of luck Adam and come back healthy.

John McFadin
4 years 6 months ago

This seems to have come out of nowhere. Is there any reports at all about when this happened?

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

Sure does. Why couldn’t the team have detected this sooner? The division’s the Brewer’s to loose.

4 years 6 months ago

Hate to be cold hearted but glad I don’t own him on any of my fantasy teams.

4 years 6 months ago

KARMA, eh Cardinals?

4 years 6 months ago

How is that karma? What did they do horribly wrong for something like this? Not throw ridiculous money at Pujols? So that if something like this happens they’re not completely screwed? I think Kenny Williams said it best. Can’t put all your money in one baasket.

4 years 6 months ago

No its Karma by offering Pujols such a low an embarrassing offer 19-21 million a year? What a slap in the face.

PhnxCrew
4 years 6 months ago

it’s more of a law of averages than karma. They haven’t had a big injury in a LONG time. That said, he could “magically” recover like pujols did a couple years back in the spring/ early season

Ferrariman
4 years 6 months ago

no big injury? Carpenter missed basically all of 2007, almost all of 2008, and like 30 percent of 2009.

4 years 6 months ago

Everything that has been reported thus far is baseless speculation. AP’s camp and the Cardinals camp have been total professionals about the whole thing. There have been no leaks whatsoever. As a result, your 19 – 21 a year is baseless. Further, you feed the fire by perpetuating this useless drivel.

4 years 6 months ago

remember last year Joe Nathan was announced to undergo TJS and Joe Mauer got an extension to make the twins fans happy?

pattern?

4 years 6 months ago

Karma? Karma for what? Your tip-toeing. Don’t tip-toe Keith. What are you referring to specifically. Cause’ if your insinuating they deserve this because of negotiations with Players you need to do your homework.

baseball52
4 years 6 months ago

I like Wainwright, so this kinda sucks.

Ian_Smell
4 years 6 months ago

Same, I hate the Cardinals, but I really like Wainwright. I feel really bad for him now.

4 years 6 months ago

I wonder if this will affect any Pujols decisions. Clearly the injury hurts the “win now” mentality.

notsureifsrs
4 years 6 months ago

aaaand that is just some stupidly brutal news

4 years 6 months ago

Wow, I didnt even know he was having elbow problems! Thats really too bad, hopefully he recovers and continues to have a successful career.

Redbirds16
4 years 6 months ago

He had some soreness at the end of the year and gave it a rest over the offseason. Funny thing he was saying at the beginning of ST that it felt fine and the soreness had subsided. Just really odd…

Too bad the Cards didn’t act sooner on this, meaning October. I’m kind of frustrated with the Cards’ medical staff and have been for quite some time. So many players go down with injuries (granted not quite as bad as some other teams, but still a bad record) that you just wonder what’s going on…

4 years 6 months ago

I think Kevin Millwood’s phone is ringing about right now.

monkeyspanked
4 years 6 months ago

Oh snap! Looks like Kevin Millwood has a new suitor. Good thing he turned down that crappy Yank offer.

Chuck345
4 years 6 months ago

Yankee fans agree.

jwredsox
4 years 6 months ago

Does anyone see this as a plus for Wainwright since his options likely won’t vest? I could see him, at worst, making around 10mil on a 1 yr deal after this season and if he has a good year in 2012 he could top that 12mil on a longer term deal.

astrostl
4 years 6 months ago

TJ or not, I think the team would be insane to not exercise a 1/9MM on him in 2012. After that, they get an informed look at a 1/12MM for 2013.

jwredsox
4 years 6 months ago

Both options have to be picked up at the same time according to Cots. So the Cards are going to have to be sure he is healthy.

astrostl
4 years 6 months ago

I think it’s still a slam-dunk at 2/21MM unless they have to amputate. TJ surgery has a full recovery rate of 85-92% with elite pitchers.

bjsguess
4 years 6 months ago

It may have a high success rate but those pitchers don’t generally return to form immediately after rehab. It often takes a few years for them to come back. $21m is a big bet to make.

jwredsox
4 years 6 months ago

It normally takes a year to regain full velocity though

astrostl
4 years 6 months ago

This can’t be had both ways; if he would be a hot FA he’s worth 2/21MM, and if he’s not worth 2/21MM he wouldn’t be a hot FA. The Cardinals have the option, and so it is still them – not Wainwright, not the FA market – that has the advantage. Even if his minimum performance estimate is reduced to that of a 10.5MM pitcher, the upside remains huge.

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 6 months ago

He will probably want something similar or maybe even more than Ben Sheets got from Oakland and he was coming back from injury as well.

Jiujitsu411420
4 years 6 months ago

I figured carp would get injured before waino. Cards better hope Garcia doesn’t hit a sophomore slump or they might be fighting for the bottom of the division. Hopefully he can rehab or strengthen instead of surgery. Not a good way to start Pujols possible last season as a cardinal.

4 years 6 months ago

the most prototypical cubs comment that could ever be written on this topic

burtonbball88
4 years 6 months ago

All of the arguments are prototypical and really dumb. Lets look at the current team, and not the past. The Cubs have a totally different team this year, and so do the Cardinals. Although being a Cubs fan, this is awesome news.

notsureifsrs
4 years 6 months ago

forget the poor man, kevin millwood is like the homeless paraplegic man’s adam wainright

crap day in STL

Ian
4 years 6 months ago

Good one my friend, the cards made it without kile and will

4 years 6 months ago

I just checked my fantasy leagues my main rival owns him in 2 leagues. :)

Chuck345
4 years 6 months ago

Please tell me more…

rockfordone
4 years 6 months ago

Time for Miller and Blair to step up. Don’t go for Millwood