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Wainwright placed on 10 day DL; Mayers up

The Cardinals placed RHP Adam Wainwright on the 10 day disabled list with a right elbow impingement and recalled RHP Mike Mayers from Memphis for tonight’s game.

What happened

Adam Wainwright exited early from last night’s game against the Pirates after allowing 5 runs on 55 pitches over 3 innings. While talking to media after the game he said that he just couldn’t get his arm loose and had a pinching sensation on his elbow while trying to move his arm forward. He compared it to discomfort he had pitched through in 2014 before having surgery to remove bone spurs that winter.

He has pitched through it since coming off the disabled list a couple weeks ago with back spasms, but he just has not had the velocity in any of his three starts. He’s gone 11 innings over his past three starts.

The severity isn’t known yet and he will return to St. Louis for further medical tests. While it’s pure conjecture at this point, there seems to be a real possibility that he could be done for the season.

What it means

Wainwright has made 23 starts this season and has a career high 5.12 ERA and 4.27 FIP over 121 innings with 96 strikeouts. Regardless of he struggle those numbers has shown, he leads the team with 12 wins and the team is 15-8 in games he starts. Lance Lynn is the only other Cardinals pitcher with a winning team record in his starts.

Mayers, 26, will get a third trip to the Majors this season. While he has pitched well in Memphis, he has struggled to find traction in the Majors and has allowed runs in each of his relief appearances this season. Over 2 appearances he has pitched 4 innings and allowed 2 earned runs on 4 hits and 3 walks.

Impact

Wainwright might not have been pitching as well as he typically does, but the team was still winning behind him and he is one of this team’s leaders, so I give it a 7/10.

The club will likely turn to Luke Weaver to take his next start. Weaver is expected to take Lance Lynn’s place in the rotation next season, so it will be a good cameo for him.

Jon Doble has been writing about the St. Louis Cardinals since 2010. You can follow him on Twitter at @JonDobleRBD, find him as R27 at RedbirdTalk.com and you can hear him co-host The UCB Podcast every fourth Wednesday night of the month. Redbird Dugout is a member of the United Cardinal Bloggers.

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