Wainwright Update

(Busch Stadium) After back spasms scratched him from making last night’s start, Adam Wainwright is expected to be back on the mound for the St. Louis Cardinals tomorrow afternoon.

“I could’ve gone yesterday, but it was something coming out of the break everybody’s fresh and they said don’t push it,” Wainwright said. “I was fine with it. I was a little stiff and going to go out and play catch now, but I think the plan is to potentially start tomorrow.”

“It looks favorable,” Mike Shildt confirmed.

Wainwright tweaked his back on Wednesday night as he got out of bed to brush his teeth.

“Had some electro-feelies going through my lats,” he explained. “I’ve pitched with way worse back situations than that. I told Shildty, I want to pitch well and feel like I’m on the verge of doing that for a really long time. So, I don’t want to have setback. A couple years ago, I tried to pitch through a really hurt back. It was hurt more than yesterday. It was in Chicago. I ended up pitching great, but I compensated a little bit and I ended up tweaking my elbow. So that was the cause of my 2017 demise, really. They have nightmares of that and they’re like ‘no, you’re not doing that to your elbow’ again.”

With Wainwright’s pending return, both Miles Mikolas and Jack Flaherty would then move back a day for their starts. The future of Daniel Ponce de Leon’s next start should be clarified after tonight’s game.

SPLITTER BACK FOR SHREVE

–Back on the Cardinals active roster for the first time this season, Chasen Shreve credits finding his split-fingered pitch with getting on track at Memphis (AAA).

“In Spring Training and early in the season, it wasn’t doing anything,” Shreve said. “That’s always been my go-to pitch. Just getting that under control and getting it better was a big thing for me.”

In 15 games from June 1st, Shreve had a 1.72 ERA (15.2 IP) with 21 strikeouts and 3 walks for Memphis.

He tinkered with different grips in flat ground sessions but went back his original before it “just clicked one day” for him.

Acquired last July via trade with the New York Yankees, the 29-year old Shreve was designated for assignment before this season began.

“Mentally, it’s tough when you get DFA’d and unclaimed and stuff like that but it was more working through some pitching stuff,” Shreve said. “I feel like my mental ability is there, it’s always been there. Just fine tuning stuff. In Spring Training my splitter, I’ll be the first one to tell you, it was terrible. It didn’t do anything. I don’ think I got a strikeout for the first couple outings, so just physical reps helped.”

Shreve also watched video from 2015 and noticed a difference in his hand position.

“I changed my hands when I come set,” he shared. “That’s really kind of what did it for me, honestly. Maybe it helps my arm get out earlier. That’s really what did it.”

photo credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

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