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Wainwright's elbow has no major damage

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jun 11 2014 07:29:53 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 12 2014 10:08:38 AM CDT
Adam Wainwright, St Louis Cardinals pitcher

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The St. Louis Cardinals breathed a sigh of relief Wednesday after the results of an MRI on Adam Wainwright's elbow showed no structural damage.

The right-hander felt soreness in the elbow after working seven shutout innings on Tuesday in the Cardinals' 1-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. He received an anti-inflammatory injection in the elbow on Wednesday.

"We know the importance of him to our rotation and the importance of making sure he's in the rotation," Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak told reporters. "We want to be extra cognizant of what he needs to stay in the rotation and be healthy from here. We are going to be cautious with this."

Mozeliak, who said Wainwright's soreness was comparable to tennis elbow, did not indicate the pitcher's status for his next scheduled start. The elbow will be re-evaluated in a few days.

Wainwright underwent Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery in 2011.

The 32-year-old Wainwright has a 9-3 record with 91 strikeouts and a 2.15 ERA in 100 1/3 innings covering 14 starts this season. His innings pitched lead the major leagues and he has the most wins in the National League.