When Adam Wainwright returns to the mound for the St. Louis Cardinals is yet to be determined as rookie Luke Weaver will again take his turn in the rotation, starting tomorrow in Milwaukee.
“He’s throwing a flat ground today and keeps taking steps forward,” explained Mike Matheny of Wainwright, who was placed on the disabled list retroactive to July 23rd with mid-back tightness. “We’ll just watch and evaluate as he takes those steps.”
Weaver stepped in for Wainwright during his previous turn in the rotation and struck out five batters, but also allowed a grand slam in 5.0 innings against Arizona.
Wainwright had been optimistic that he would miss only one start.
“Kind of how I explained it to him, he didn’t have to have his mind set on Wednesday,” said Matheny. “We’ll just kind of see how it comes along. If there’s an opportunity to plug him in and it lines up with his bullpen and side sessions, and he looks like he did before that issue all came about, we’ll plug him in. And a couple guys will get some extra rest. At this point in the season, I don’t necessarily think that’s a bad thing. But he looks great to me.”
YADI’S INSTAGRAM-PART 2
–Barely removed from Friday’s post in which he took issue with being characterized as tired, Yadier Molina has again drawn interest with a post to his Instagram account. Molina put up a picture of himself with Jose Oquendo, noting that he missed the former third base coach and old school baseball…
Many have wondered if that is more than just a picture of two friends, but a subtle dig at the current management in St. Louis.
“Yeah,” acknowledged Matheny of seeing the post. “No thoughts.”
“We keep our eyes on everything and just try to keep moving forward. I think that’s the only way we can go about it.”
Asked if he and Molina had finally spoken about this topic over the last three days, Matheny confirmed that to be the case–kind of.
“We’ve talked, we’ve communicated, and once again–the stuff that happens in there and how we communicate and what we communicate, that’s part of the issue,” he said. “That’s stuff we do here and that’s the way it’s supposed to be.”
“I just think anytime we start talking about conversations we have in there, that’s being asked to go outside of where we should go.”
Speaking on the FSN pregame show, General Manager Michael Girsch was also aware of the post and said the matter was an internal matter that would be kept in the clubhouse.
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