Wainwright Makes First Start Since June

After missing 11 weeks due to a sprained middle finger, Adam Wainwright will make his first start since June 7, Friday night, as the Cardinals begin a key three-game series at home against the Atlanta Braves.

The Cardinals start the day just 2.5 games back of the Milwaukee Brewers, who will be playing the Pittsburgh Pirates at home this weekend.

Wainwright will return to the mound tonight, as a member of the starting rotation, for at least one night, while the debut rages on about what role he Wainwright should play with the Cardinals down the stretch.

If Wainwright is effective, it's very likely that he'll be scheduled to start next Wednesday, in the final game of a two-game set and the season, against the Milwaukee Brewers in front of the home town crowd at Busch Stadium.

Wainwright is coming off of three rehab appearances, two at Memphis (AAA) and the most recent at Springfield (AA)on 8/16 and combined to allow five runs on 12 hits in 8.1 IP while walking two and fanning 10 (5.40 ERA). Against the Braves lifetime, Wainwright is 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA (18.0 IP / 2 ER) while walking five and fanning 17.

Adam started the season in fine fashion, posting a record of 4-1 with a 2.91 ERA in seven starts at Busch and prior to landing on the DL; he had one of the NL's 10 lowest ERAs through his first 13 starts, and had lasted at least seven innings in nine of those. The Cardinals will need that kind of production and dominance out of him, either as a starter or the closer, if there is going to be baseball in St. Louis in October.

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