No doctors have told Adam Wainwright that he will not be able to pitch again this season for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Until that happens, Wainwright will continue to aim for a return in September or October, even though the odds remain stacked against it.
“No doctors are telling me it’s impossible,” Wainwright said Monday. “That’s the story that everyone keeps writing that I haven’t heard yet, and I would think I would know. If a doctor had told me that, then I would have shut this down a whole long time ago and told you all, ‘Hey, I’ll see you next year. But no one’s telling me that.
“I don’t know if they just don’t want to tell me that or if it’s just not the case. I’m following my procedure and steps to (reach) and we’ll see what happens.”
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Wainwright will begin running at 100 percent this week.
“It’s the next step,” Wainwright said. “Everything has progressed nicely. No setbacks. It’s a positive.”
Is a return possible?
“All things are possible,” said Wainwright, who ruptured his Achilles’ tendon April 25. “I’m trying to be a good soldier here and not pump everybody up too much and not dishearten anybody, either. So, go Cardinals.
“Of course, I want to play. I’m doing everything I can to try to make that happen.”
Wainwright said his attempts to return to the active list are just that and nothing more.
“I’m not trying to set an example,” he said. “I’m hoping I’m setting an example naturally by just living my life and doing things the way they’re supposed to be done. I’m not in here working hard to show other people. I’m doing it for a reason. I don’t do anything without a reason.”
Injured players update
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny provided updates on other injured Cardinals.
* Outfielder Randal Grichuk (right elbow strain): “Not much of an update,” said the manager. “(He’s) just continuing to go through the steps of getting stronger. We watched him do some rehab today and things were going well. But it’s still just a part of the process.”
* First baseman Matt Adams (right quad strain): “He had a minor setback on his other leg,” Matheny said. “He’s trying to get that feeling as good as his surgically repaired leg now. That’s part of the process. We try to put some goals out there, but from one set of accomplishments, you push it a little further and see how it works. Sometimes you have setbacks that put you back a little bit, but he’s still moving forward very well.”
Left fielder Matt Holliday (right quad strain): “He’s continuing to push a little further with his running,” Matheny said. “There’s a percentage that he’s at right now, but he’s moving along well.”
Matheny said several more players will join the Cardinals on Tuesday when rosters can swell to 40. Matheny would not disclose the names of those players Monday.
Other players could resurface in St. Louis when the minor-league seasons ends Monday. Neither Memphis nor Class AA Springfield will participate in the playoffs.
Relative newcomer Brandon Moss still hasn’t had a multihit game since joining the Cardinals from Cleveland on July 30, but he has hit safely in his last six starts and clubbed two home runs.
“He’s in a good spot,” Matheny said. “We’ve been hoping to get him there. (It’s) more confidence for him, more so than anything else. Now that he’s there, we’ve got to watch and see what we can get. Let’s ride it as long as we can, hopefully the rest of the way.”
Moss said the worm hasn’t totally turned.
“I’m still hitting some balls hard at people, but at least some are getting in the gaps and getting over the fence,” Moss said. “When you’re able to finally start recognizing the ball and you’re on time (with your swing) ... that’s when you’re able to let yourself get deeper in the counts. You don’t have to swing at every strike they throw you. You can be a little bit more patient.”
Rosenthal rejoins team
Closer Trever Rosenthal missed the weekend series in San Francisco while on paternity leave, but he rejoined the club Monday after the birth Friday of daughter Adalyn Grace.
“Everything went very smoothly,” Rosenthal said. “ After seeing friends have complications, I just feel very fortunate to have everything go as smoothly as it did. I’m happy they’re at home now and life is back to usual. It will be a little different with two, but we’re just trying to keep our head above water now.”
Rosenthal and his wife, Lindsay, also have a 2-year-old daughter, Chloe.