Cardinals Place Wainwright on Shelf

(photo: Adam Wainwright (USA TODAY Sports Images)

A sore back has pushed St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright onto the 10-day disabled list.

St. Louis Cardinals press release

Adam Wainwright (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to this evening’s (Tuesday) game that they have placed right-handed pitcher Adam Wainwright on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to July 23, due to mid-back tightness.  The team will announce a corresponding roster move tomorrow (Wednesday).

Wainwright, 35, is leading the Cardinals with 11 wins and has posted a 4.89 ERA in his 20 games started, striking out 95 batters in 110.1 innings pitched.

This marks just the fourth time in his career that Wainwright has been disabled: 2008 for right middle finger sprain, 2011 for right elbow Tommy John surgery and 2015 for a ruptured right Achilles.

The three-time All-Star owns a career mark of 145-81 with a 3.27 ERA in 340 games pitched, ranking 5th on the Cardinals all-time wins list.

Brian Walton’s take

The timing of this announcement, coming just a few hours after the news of Dexter Fowler’s move to the DL, suggests this decision was a late development. Based on the normal rotation, Wainwright’s next turn would be on Thursday to open the Arizona series.

The most likely promotee is Luke Weaver, who was scratched from his start for Memphis on Tuesday evening. Weaver, a Pacific Coast League All-Star, has an undefeated streak covering his last eight starts. The right-hander’s record is 9-1 with a 1.91 ERA. Weaver has 69 strikeouts against 14 walks in 66 innings. The 23-year old is The Cardinal Nation’s second-ranked Cardinals prospect, behind only Alex Reyes.

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