Candinals Get Welcoming News With Latest Adam Wainwright Injury Update
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright has spent the last week out of the lineup dealing with COVID-19. The 40-year-old righty spent the week trying to clear hurdles to be released from protocol, leaving fans to wonder when he'd return to the mound.
Fortunately, Cardinals fans won't have to wait much longer to see Wainwright in action. The club has announced that the three-time MLB All-Star will make his return on Sunday for the final matchup of a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants.
Adam Wainwright Injury Update
Cardinals fans are hoping that Wainwright can pick up right from where he left off when he returns.
The former 2000 first-round draft pick might be the fifth-oldest player in the Majors this season, but he hasn't played like it. Wainwright has gone 3-3 in his first six starts of the 2022 campaign, recording a 3.18 ERA, 1.294 WHIP and 28 strikeouts in 34.0 innings pitched.
The Cardinals have gone 2-5 in seven games since Wainwright was placed in COVID protocol. Their 5.16 ERA over that stretch is seventh-worst in the MLB, so bringing Wainwright back into the mix should help keep opposing batters in check.
Cardinals fans should feel optimistic about Sunday because the Giants are a team that Wainwright tends to pitch well against. He's 8-8 in 19 appearances (17 starts) against San Francisco, pitching to a 3.34 ERA while averaging 6.5 strikeouts per nine IP.
Wainwright's play on the mound this year has earned him some early award attention. The veteran right-handed pitcher has +10000 odds (T-No. 30) to be named the 2022 National League Cy Young award winner, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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