Wainwright clears bullpen hurdle, will pitch Saturday

News-DemocratJune 18, 2014 

St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright emerged unscathed from a bullpen session Wednesday, and he said he will start Saturday against Philadelphia.

"I threw 35 to 40 pitches," said Wainwright, who skipped his scheduled start Monday because of tendinitis on the outside of his pitching elbow. "Very good: No sign of anything. That's what we wanted."

Wainwright (9-3, 2.15) said he could have pitched this week if necessary, but said rest and treatment has eased the irritation -- clearing the way for his return to the rotation.

"There was no doubt in my mind," he said in the Cardinals clubhouse Wednesday after his bullpen throw. "That's why we skipped a start.

"This is something we got alleviated now."

The irritation was not in the part of the elbow where Wainwright had "Tommy John" surgery three years ago, to replace his ulnar collateral ligament.

"I'm smiling right now," Wainwright said. "The feeling that I had last game was incredibly annoying, incredibly bothersome. I don't have that any more, so I'm smiling.

"Now we take steps to make sure we maintain things, and do a little more work in the training room the next couple weeks, to make sure it doesn't come back. And after that, it's smooth sailing."

Wainwright, who normally throws with less intensity during his bullpen sessions between starts, put a little more on the ball Wednesday as he tested each of his pitches.

"Have you seen my bullpens before? You could catch them with a Kleenex," he told reporters. "I put in a little more today, just to test it, than I normally would. I was throwing in the 80s, not more than that. I'm a bullet-saver, always have been."

Siegrist sits out throw

The injury news was not as positive for reliever Kevin Siegrist, who put off a bullpen session Saturday as he tries to return from a strain in his left forearm.

Irritation in nerves in his throwing shoulder kept him from getting loose enough to throw, said Siegrist, who had been able to strengthen that part of his arm after experiencing a similar issue this spring.

"I had the same thing in spring training, where it just takes a while for me to warm up, to get warm," said Siegrist (1-1, 3.60 ERA). "I guess taking time off for my forearm may have de-conditioned my arm. I don't know. Is that even a word?"

There's no timetable for Siegrist to return to his throwing program. He will need to go out on an injury rehabilitation stint in the minors when he is close to returning.

Carpenter back, Descalso stays in lineup

After a day off Tuesday night, Matt Carpenter homered and doubled in the Cardinals' 3-2 loss to the Mets Wednesday.

" It felt good to have a day to just relax, and let your body recover," Carpenter said. "More than anything, mentally just a day to not think about it. It felt good today."

Daniel Descalso, who got the start at third Tuesday, singled in three at-bats as he played for a scheduled day off for Jhonny Peralta.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said he's trying to spot some time off for his everyday players, particularly the veterans, and has been trying to find more playing time for Descalso.

Descalso singled and scored twice in the Cards' 5-2 win Tuesday.

"He's a pro," Matheny said. "He's done everything we've asked him to do."

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