St. Louis Cardinals Rumors: Adam Wainwright To Return This Season?

St. Louis Cardinals rumors address Adam Wainwright and his goal to pitch again this season. The Cardinals could certainly use an ace starting pitcher in the postseason, and it’s now possible Wainwright could be back in time. A report from Yahoo! Sports indicates that the perennial Cy Young candidate has been fighting hard to return from a torn Achilles. His injury is healing quickly, though, and now doctors will tell him whether he can pitch again this season.

Wainwright has been out since April 25, when he tore his Achilles. It was an injury that typically takes 10 to 12 months to heal, so coming back after just five months seems like wishful thinking for him. That’s why the decision is being left up to doctors, who will tell him whether it has healed enough to begin fielding drills again. The issue isn’t his arm, as Wainwright has been participating in bullpen sessions with no issues. The question is whether he can maneuver to field the ball.

Though the recent St. Louis Cardinals rumors could be very exciting news for the team, the reality is that doctors may tell him that it is too risky to return to the mound this early. The team has to worry about his long-term health, and the most likely scenario is that he gets shut down for the rest of the 2015 MLB season as well as the 2015 MLB Playoffs. It cannot hurt to ask the doctors, though, which is what Adam Wainwright wants to do. He spoke at-length about possibly returning early.

“No doctors are telling me it’s impossible. 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.”

In four starts leading up to the injury, Wainwright posted a 1.44 ERA and 1.04 WHIP, showing that a special season might be in store. He was coming off a 2014 MLB season where he posted a 20-9 record, a 2.38 ERA, and a 1.03 WHIP that would typically be good enough to win the Cy Young Award. Clayton Kershaw stole that thunder by winning the Cy Young and National League MVP. Now as the St. Louis Cardinals approach the 2015 MLB Playoffs, Wainwright just wants to be part of the action again.

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