Cardinals Expect To Exercise Wainwright’s Options

Adam Wainwright will be back in St. Louis next year, health permitting. GM John Mozeliak told Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that barring an unexpected complication in Wainwright’s recovery from Tommy John surgery, the Cardinals will exercise their two-year, $21MM option for 2012-13. 

"There is no reason for us not to assume it," Mozeliak said.

However, that’s unofficial at this point, since the Cardinals don’t have to make a decision until after the season ends. Wainwright, who underwent the ligament replacement operation before the season, says his rehab is progressing well and expects to throw on a mound next month. Mozeliak also expressed cautious optimism about the right-hander's recovery.

That said, the Cardinals don’t expect to explore the possibility of a long-term extension at this point. Wainwright, 29, finished second in the 2010 NL Cy Young balloting after finishing third in 2009.