St. Louis Cardinals pitching star Wainwright definitely won't be taking the hill for his team in this year, states Yahoo! Sports. Wainwright, who had experienced elbow stiffness during workouts at the Cardinals' spring training camp, will miss this year and part of the 2012 season while he rehabilitates his salary wing after Tommy John surgery. The Wainwright injury and the state of Albert Pujols' contract could possibly be sign of very dark times for a proud St. Louis Cardinals franchise. Source for this article - Adam Wainwright injury could hasten Pujols exit in St. Louis by

With Wainwright down, St. Louis becomes a tough sell to Albert Pujols

The St. Louis Cardinals have confirmed reports that Adam Wainwright's elbow accident will require Tommy John surgery, known in medicine as ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) reconstruction. The damaged elbow ligament can have to be changed with a forearm, hamstring, knee or foot tendon that is taken out. "Tommy John" refers to former Major League pitcher Tommy John, who in 1974 was the first professional athlete to undergo the then-experimental operation. In Jupiter, Fla., there is the St. Louis Cardinals‘ training facility. The prognosis for Adam Wainwright was confirmed Thursday. A working elbow is essential for the pitcher that is 29. This is since the curveball is what he is known for. Pitchers Chris Carpenter, Kyle Lohse, Jaime Garcia and Jake Westbrook can be relied upon for the Cardinals this year rotation without the pitching of Wainwright who has won 39 times in the past two seasons. Team manager Tony La Russa told the media he does not expect the Cardinals to fill the vacant spot in the five-man rotation via trades or free agency.

“The answer is here,” said La Russa, indicating Lance Lynn, P. J. Walters, Ian Snell and Kyle McClellan are all viable candidates to fill Wainwright's slot.

By July, St. Louis could lose

It's unlikely that Pujols will re-sign the St. Louis Cardinals if a replacement for Adam Wainwright does not show up for this year. In Pujol’s contract, there is a no-trade provision. That means trading mid-season may be extremely difficult. When it comes to public relations, there would be significant troubles with Pujols leaving considering supporters would take it as a sign that there is no hope for 2011. The Cardinals' only hope is that Pujols can be willing to drop his no-trade clause so they can trade him to a team that will offer the Cardinals maximum value and be willing to sign the 31-year-old Pujols to the 10-year, $30 million per year contract he wants.


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