Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright will have Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and miss the entire season.
General manager John Mozeliak confirmed the news yesterday from camp in Jupiter, Fla. He said he learned the severity of the injury Wednesday night after the 29-year-old pitcher sought a second opinion from Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles. A surgery date is not set.
“It’s not a real surprise to us but certainly a disappointment,’’ Mozeliak said. “As we look to the future now we certainly believe we still have a strong starting rotation. Now we’re going to have to look to try to fill it in terms of a fifth spot.’’
Wainwright, who won 20 games last year and was runner-up for the NL Cy Young Award, felt arm stiffness after Monday’s throwing session. He had experienced soreness toward the end of last season and didn’t pitch in September. He had minor arm issues in 1998 and 2004.
“You’re losing an ace,’’ Mozeliak said. “It’s not something you can replace overnight.’’
His loss leaves the team with a big hole in a starting rotation that for now includes Chris Carpenter, Kyle Lohse, Jaime Garcia, and Jake Westbrook.
“That’s a big guy to miss,’’ Lohse said. “We still got to go out there and play. Nobody is going to feel sorry for us. We still have to go out there and do our jobs.’’
Tommy John surgery reconstructs the ulnar collateral ligament, replacing it with a tendon from elsewhere in the body. The procedure requires months of recovery.
Cabrera apologizes Miguel Cabrera arrived at Tigers camp in Lakeland, Fla., for the first time since he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and promptly apologized as Major League Baseball said he will undergo treatment set up by doctors administered by management and the players’ union.
The 27-year-old slugger was arrested Feb. 16 on suspicion of driving under the influence and resisting an officer without violence, both misdemeanors. He is set to be arraigned on March 16.
“I am ready to play and am sorry to my family, friends, teammates, and the Detroit Tigers organization,’’ Cabrera said.
Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said Cabrera will be treated throughout the season and it is up to manager Jim Leyland to decide when Cabrera will be ready to play. The first baseman will suit up for the Tigers’ workout today, but won’t see any action when the team scrimmages Florida Southern College.
Cautious on Cook The Rockies have decided to be careful with righthander Aaron Cook, who has missed three days of pitching and will miss his first scheduled start of the spring Tuesday due to continued setbacks from tightness in his shoulder and a bout with a stomach ailment. There is no timetable for Cook to appear in a game . . . Pitcher Vicente Padilla is expected to rejoin the Dodgers in Arizona today after undergoing surgery on his right arm in Los Angeles. The procedure freed up a nerve that was trapped by a muscle. The righthander faces 3-4 weeks of rehabilitation . . . Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez returned to Seattle to have additional exams for stomach issues that hampered him during the 2010 season. He was expected back by this weekend . . . Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts missed a second straight day of workouts because of a stiff neck.