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Thursday, February 26, 2015

FANTASY BASEBALL INJURY FALLOUT: CARDS SP ADAM WAINWRIGHT DODGES INJURY BULLET, OUT ONLY 5 DAYS WITH ABDOMINAL STRAIN

St. Louis Cardinals ace SP Adam Wainwright was a guy who already made our 2015 BUST lists due to the fact he has had very high innings totals the last three seasons for the team and for the fact all those innings could have contributed to a late case of elbow soreness in 2014.  While Wainwright pitched through the soreness, there is always a huge red flag attached to any big name pitcher who has issues there.  And than camp opens and right away Wainwright is heading back to St. Louis to get seen by a doctor after complaining of sharp abdominal pain.  After an appendicitis was quickly ruled out, the next worry was an oblique strain.  Fortunately for Wainwright and his owners, that too came back clean as he was officially diagnosed with just a simple abdominal strain that will sideline him for around 4-5 days.  After sitting for the 4-5 days, Wainwright is expected to be a full participant again in camp. 

The bigger picture here of course is the elbow which is something that we have to watch closely.  Along the same lines as Masahiro Tanaka with the New York Yankees, Wainwright has the bust label attached to him due to the increased risk of injury.  We saw the same scenario develop with Wainwright years ago where he came down with late season elbow trouble and that resulted in a quick Tommy John surgery diagnosis the next spring training.  So clearly there is a history here and thus it is recommended you steer clear of Wainwright given how deep the starting pitching class is. 

 

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