Wainwright Pitching Tonight

(Busch Stadium) Scheduled to throw one inning for Palm Beach (A+), Adam Wainwright will make his first rehab start tonight.

“If all goes well, then we’ll repeat multiple times,” said John Mozeliak. “For him, we want to get to a point where he could at least give us multiple innings. What that looks like between now and the time his rehab ends, really depends on how he feels.”

Wainwright has been on the disabled list since May 14th with elbow issues.

UPDATE: Wainwright threw nine pitches in a scoreless inning. He allowed one hit and struck out two batters.

Reliever Dominic Leone started his rehab assignment on August 1st at Memphis (AAA) and has made five, 1.0 inning appearances. He has allowed one hit in each outing and two earned runs in one game. Leone also has three walks and three strikeouts combined.

“Actually, he’s catching up,” said Mozeliak. “He’s getting to a point where we have to give that real consideration. I would imagine by the end of the week, that’s something we’re talking about.”

Left-hander Brett Cecil has made four scoreless, rehab appearances for Memphis, with his last two being back-to-back over the weekend. He is likely to be activated from the disabled list (foot inflammation) on Wednesday.

Where Cecil fits in the revamped Cardinals bullpen is an interesting question.

“They always say why fix it if it’s not broke, but sometimes roster management’s a little different than that,” acknowledged Mozeliak. “In this particular case, I think we need to trust that Cecil’s at a point where he can contribute. You look at where he was two years ago and I think about even his rehab has gone very well. So, I’m encouraged at where he’s at and I certainly hope that he’s ready to be a positive contribution out of that bullpen.”

Mozeliak also noted that reports were good on Yairo Munoz, who was examined by a hand specialist and is expected to heal from his right wrist sprain within the 10 days of his disabled list stint. Outfielder Tyler O’Neill will be checked out tonight (inflammation of groin area) and if ready will likely be activated before tomorrow’s game.

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