Even before the St. Louis Cardinals’ full roster has reported to spring training camp in Jupiter, Florida, the club is facing its first injury concern of 2015.
Ace pitcher Adam Wainwright is being sent to St. Louis for further examination due to abdominal pain, according to a Tuesday report from the Post-Dispatch. The 33-year-old will be seen by specialist Dr. L. Michael Brunt of Washington University.
Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak characterized the club's level of concern as "medium at this point," according to the story.
Even before this setback, the Cardinals had talked about limiting Wainwright's spring throwing after the right-hander underwent an off-season cleanup of his elbow.
At this early stage, it is unknown how long he will be precluded from his planned workload due to this abdominal injury.
Wainwright met with the media on Wednesday morning and explained why he thinks the problem will be minor.
Mozeliak briefed the media Thursday afternoon with the results of Wainwright's examination in St. Louis. It is an abdominal strain that is expected to slow the pitcher down for as little as 4-5 days.
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