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Wainwright needs elbow surgery, out for the season
Adam Wainwright’s season is over before it started.
The St. Louis Cardinals ace learned Thursday that he will need surgery to replace a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow, an injury that usually take at least a year to recover from.
“That’s a big guy to miss,” teammate Kyle Lohse said in Jupiter, Fla. “We still got to go out there and play. Nobody is going to feel sorry for us. We still have to go out there and do our jobs.”
The 29-year-old right-hander experienced soreness toward the end of last season and didn’t pitch in September. He threw to the Cardinals‘ top hitter in batting practice Monday and was set to start his team’s spring training opener, then felt soreness the following day and was sent back to St. Louis on Wednesday for an examination.
“You’re losing an ace,” Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said. “It’s not something you can replace overnight. I would also say we have four quality pitchers. It’s not exactly like we have no bullets left.”
In Glendale, Ariz., pitcher Vicente Padilla is expected to return to the Dodgers’ spring training facility after having surgery on his right arm in Los Angeles.
Padilla made 16 starts last season and finished 6-5 with a 4.07 ERA. He also spent 68 games on the disabled list with elbow soreness and a neck injury.
In Lakeland, Fla., Miguel Cabrera arrived at spring training for the first time since he was arrested last week on suspicion of drunken driving. He promptly apologized as Major League Baseball said he will undergo treatment set up by doctors administered by management and its players’ union.
The 27-year-old was arrested Feb. 16 on suspicion of driving under the influence and resisting an officer without violence, both misdemeanors. He is set to be arraigned on March 16.
“I am very sorry for what I have done,” Cabrera said through a translator. “I have worked hard for a period of time and I hope everyone forgives me. All I ask for is forgiveness.”
Cabrera didn’t deny that he had an alcohol problem, but said he was willing to undergo treatment and the Tigers have been working with doctors to find a solution. He refused to say he is an alcoholic.
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