JUPITER, Fla. (KMOX) — The St. Louis Cardinals have confirmed that ace pitcher Adam Wainwright will need Tommy John (ligament replacement) surgery to repair damage in his right elbow. The procedure means the end of his season – typical rehabilitation time is 12-15 months.
“Not a real surprise to us, but certainly a disappointment and a finality to this process,” said general manager John Mozeliak.
Wainwright, a 20-game winner last season, finished second in the National League Cy Young Award voting after a third-place finish in 2009.
“I don’t want to be melodramatic here, but you’re losing an ace,” Mozeliak said. “It’s not something that you can just replace overnight. Different people are going to have to step up.”
The Cardinals plan to replace Wainwright with an internal candidate.
“What we’ll do over the next three to four weeks is allow that process to happen,” Mozeliak said. “It’s going to be a competition.”
The date of Wainwright’s surgery has not been determined. Team physician George Paletta will perform the procedure.
Listen to Mozeliak’s conversation with the media here:
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