St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright is getting a second opinion on his injured right elbow, which the team fears will require reconstructive surgery.
Team spokesman Brian Bartow said Wednesday night that results of MRIs and other tests were being examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles. The team anticipated a news conference today to disclose findings.
Wainwright, a 20-game winner and runner-up for the NL Cy Young Award last year, was sent back to St. Louis on Wednesday for tests and consultation with team physician George Paletta. Earlier in the day, general manager John Mozeliak said “things do not look encouraging” for the right-hander, who injured his elbow while throwing batting practice Monday.
Mozeliak stopped short of saying Wainwright would need season-ending Tommy John surgery.
“I don’t want to speculate, but obviously ligament damage, that’s usually what it results in,” he said.
Bartow said Mozeliak remained pessimistic after the decision to seek a second opinion.
The 29-year-old Wainwright began feeling soreness Monday.
“It appears to not be good,” manager Tony La Russa said. “We’ll see, though.”
MAUER’S NEWSY KNEE
Joe Mauer downplayed questions about his left knee on Wednesday morning, saying the lubricating shots are part of the recovery plan after offseason surgery.
To Mauer’s dismay, Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire revealed on Tuesday that the star catcher is taking shots in his knee to help lubricate the joint. He had surgery after last season to alleviate swelling that bothered him for much of the year.
“It’s more of a preventative thing, just to make sure I’m good to go for the season,” Mauer said before the first full-squad workout in Fort Myers, Fla. “So it’s really not that big of a deal, and I kind of wish it wasn’t out there. But here we are.”
Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts left spring training camp in Sarasota, Fla., after waking up with a sore neck, and he immediately underwent X-rays to determine the extent of the injury. He returned in the afternoon and will continue to receive treatment and will be re-evaluated this morning. Michael Young is leaving the Texas Rangers – for a couple of days, anyway. The team said the veteran infielder will leave spring training camp in Surprise, Ariz., to attend to unspecified “family matters.” He is scheduled to return to camp with the AL champions on Saturday. Tigers manager Jim Leyland said that Max Scherzer will start against Kansas City on April 8 – the Tigers’ 111th Opening Day in Detroit. Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy will have surgery on his right pinkie finger after breaking it during a blocking drill on Wednesday. Lucroy will have a pin inserted in the finger today and is expected to miss four weeks, cutting it close to being ready for opening day.