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05/16/07 11:30 PM ET
Notes: Wainwright's elbow improving
Righty says season-long soreness starting to subside
By Matthew Leach / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- Adam Wainwright reiterated on Wednesday that he battled elbow soreness for several starts this year, but Cardinals officials said the condition was never severe enough to consider shutting the right-hander down. Following his start on Tuesday night, Wainwright said the game was his first since the season's opening week in which he did not feel some discomfort. He had been dealing with some tendinitis in his throwing elbow. On Wednesday, he further explained what he had been dealing with. "It was pretty bad, but it wasn't bad enough to not pitch," he said. "It hurt to throw breaking balls and stuff. It hurt to get extended." Asked whether he had been sore, or hurt, Wainwright responded: "I was not hurt." Pitching coach Dave Duncan and manager Tony La Russa both said they were aware Wainwright had been dealing with something, but that they were under the impression it had not really been an issue for Wainwright's past two or three starts. "He had complained about having a little tightness in his elbow way back," La Russa said on Wednesday. "But two starts ago, he said he felt fine. But according to what he told [reporters], yesterday was the first time he's felt good since the first start. So he's going to be asked about that. Because they're not consistent. But he's pitched with extra rest." Said Duncan: "It's hard to tell. The trainers say he's OK. He's been getting treatment on his elbow, but they say that it's not anything significant, and he says it's not anything significant. The last two or three times that he's pitched, he's told me that it's been ... he's indicated to me that it was insignificant." Either way, Wainwright continued to pitch with an inconsistent and out-of-whack delivery on Tuesday, even though he was feeling OK. It would make sense if Wainwright's discomfort at full extension led him to pull off the ball, but La Russa said he was more concerned about the opposite -- Wainwright's altered delivery leading to further injury. "He's not pitching well. That's the first thing you ask," La Russa said. "Is everything all right physically? It definitely should be asked, and we've asked it. It was never serious enough to even think about not pitching him, just normal soreness. What he's doing wrong is not health-related." Wainwright remains on schedule to make his next start, likely Tuesday at home against Pittsburgh. Lineup is all right: La Russa didn't put a single left-handed hitter in Wednesday night's lineup against lefty Randy Wolf, who has held left-handers to a .179 mark this year. Switch-hitter Aaron Miles got the call at second base in place of Adam Kennedy, Ryan Ludwick started in left for Chris Duncan and So Taguchi started in center over Jim Edmonds. "This guy's been beating up left-handed hitters," La Russa said. Additionally, Juan Encarnacion batted second for the first time this year. Encarnacion entered the game with a career 8-for-21 mark against Wolf, including four home runs. "He's got the most success against [Wolf], so we might as well get him in the first inning and have Albert [Pujols] behind him," La Russa said. Cards announce time change: The game time for the Cardinals' Saturday, June 23, game against the Phillies has been changed. It has been moved up from a 2:55 p.m. CT start and will now get under way at 12:10 p.m. CT. Originally scheduled as a FOX Network broadcast, the game will instead be carried on KSDK TV-5 in St. Louis. This date in Cardinals history: On May 16, 2001, Darryl Kile pitched a shutout in a 3-0 win over the Pirates at PNC Park. Kile allowed seven hits and one walk, striking out four. Pujols and J.D. Drew each drove in a run for St. Louis. Thanks to Project Retrosheet for the information. Baby 'Birds: Mike Parisi was knocked around again, allowing seven runs on 12 hits in four innings, as Triple-A Memphis lost to Colorado Springs, 7-2, on Tuesday. Skip Schumaker reached base five times. ... Double-A Springfield was rained out against Arkansas. ... Class A Palm Beach held on to win its suspended-then-resumed game against St. Lucie, 1-0, and won a second game, 4-3. Mark Hamilton went 3-for-4 with two doubles and all four RBIs in the second contest. ... Class A Quad Cities' game against Burlington was rained out. Schumaker receives Player of the Day honors for his big game. The outfielder singled three times and drew two walks in the leadoff spot but was driven home just once. He's 5-for-8 in two games since being sent down. Coming up: Following an off-day on Thursday, the Cardinals begin Interleague Play on Friday with a World Series rematch at Comerica Park. Braden Looper goes in the opener for St. Louis, with lefty Andrew Miller making his first Major League start for Detroit. First pitch is at 6:05 p.m. CT.
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.