We’ve already gone through most of the details of Adam Wainwright’s injury yesterday and earlier today, and we also talked about the inappropriate reaction to the injury from members of the Cincinnati Reds. Well, it became official a few moments ago when the official Twitter account of the St. Louis Cardinals confirmed that the team’s ace would be going under the knife to have a ligament in his elbow replaced.
Wainwright had forearm issues that led to him sitting out the last of his regular season starts in 2010, and is believed to have partially torn his UCL in 2004, and perhaps before that in 1998 as well. Tommy John surgery would not only cost the 29 year old Wainwright his entire season and part of 2012, but it could also leave him without a job. As previously mentioned, there’s a stipulation in his contract that if he ends the 2011 season on the disabled list, the option on his deal that recently vested by coming second in Cy Young Award voting last year will be nullified.
For those thinking that the Cardinals would save money by not having to pay Wainwright his $21 million option, I’d like to point you to Dave Cameron’s piece at FanGraphs which explains just how financially valuable Wainwright is to the St. Louis Cardinals franchise.
Cardinals GM John Mozeliak will reportedly not be looking for outside help to fill Wainwright’s spot in the rotation, making Lance Lynn the most promising candidate to replace him.