The St. Louis Cardinals announced this afternoon that they have activated right-handed pitcher Adam Wainwright (right elbow inflammation) from the 60-day disabled list and he will draw the start in tonight’s series opener with Pittsburgh, his first start for St. Louis since May 13. The team also announced that right-handed pitcher Michael Wacha (left oblique strain) has been moved from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.
Wainwright, 37, who was unscored upon in six injury rehabilitation appearances (17.0 IP), owns a career-mark of 147-84 with a 3.30 ERA, including a 1-3 record and 4.00 ERA in four starts this season. Wainwright fanned seven in 5.0 shutout innings for Memphis (AAA) in his final rehab start on Sept. 1 at Nashville, throwing 90 pitches.
In his 14th season, all with the Cardinals, Wainwright enters tonight’s start ranked 5th all-time among Cardinals in wins (147) and 2nd in strikeouts (1,598).
Wainwright missed a total of 105 games while on the disabled list. Wacha has missed 71 games since making his last appearance with St. Louis on June 20.