Wainwright Returning for 2019

As this past season wound down and Adam Wainwright made his final home start, he was asked the unavoidable question if he had thrown his last pitch wearing a St. Louis Cardinals uniform. Admitting that it could be possible, Wainwright very quickly stated he didn’t feel like that was the case, instead keeping the focus on the team’s playoff hopes and a chance to pitch again in the post season.

Well, it obviously won’t be this post season, but Wainwright will indeed have another chance to help St. Louis win another World Series.

Earlier this afternoon, the Cardinals announced via Twitter they have reached agreement on a one-year deal with the veteran right-hander to return for his 15th season with the club.

Elbow issues forced him to miss 129 games with three different stints on the DL this past season. Upon his last return, Wainwright put together a line of 1-1 in four starts with 25 Ks, 4 BBs, 22 hits, and 12 ER in 22.1 innings.

Appearing in 352 games in his career, Wainwright has compiled a record of 148-85. He needs just five more wins to move into 4th place in franchise history and only Hall of Famer Bob Gibson has struck out more batters while wearing a Cardinals uniform.

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