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Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 02/24/2011

Adam Wainwright will have Tommy John surgery

By Cindy Boren

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright will require Tommy John surgery for the "significant" elbow injury he suffered at spring training.

Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak initially revealed the severity of the injury and announced this morning that Wainwright, who had gotten a second medical opinion, would need surgery.

"We have confirmed that Adam Wainwright will require Tommy John surgery. So obviously, he'll be out for the year," Mozeliak said. "Not a real surprise to us, but certainly a disappointment and a finality to this process. As we look to the future now we certainly believe that we have a strong starting rotation on this club. And now we're going to have to try and fill it in terms of a fifth spot."

Wainwright, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, had a tear in the ligament in 2004 and missed his final start last season because of discomfort in it. Although an examination in November revealed no structural injury, the problem surfaced after Wainwright threw in a bullpen session.

By Cindy Boren  | February 24, 2011; 11:02 AM ET
Categories:  MLB  
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Comments

That sucks!

Posted by: ozpunk | February 24, 2011 12:30 PM | Report abuse

I think he was the only member of the cardinal rotation that hasn't had it.

Posted by: brianbu | February 24, 2011 12:42 PM | Report abuse

He has had Tommy John surgery before.

Posted by: tulsa_dave | February 24, 2011 4:47 PM | Report abuse

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