Hopefully it's nothing serious (like the Cardinals my rotation can't afford to lose him), but Wainwright left last night's game with what they're calling a sprained middle finger... what I found odd is that he hurt it in the bull pen but managed it through 5 innings, only for it to force him out in the sixth, I love this kid this year, but maybe he should have been more careful! Here's the best article I could find, I think it has an optomistic undertone in the end:
HOUSTON — Adam Wainwright kept bending and cracking the knuckle on his right middle finger, trying to make the pain go away. By the sixth inning, he could hardly grip the ball.
GAME REPORT:Cardinals 8, Astros 4
For the five innings he pitched, Wainwright still shut down the Houston Astros and the St. Louis Cardinals' offense did the rest in an 8-4 win Saturday night over the Astros.
Ryan Ludwick hit a three-run homer, Troy Glaus added a solo shot and Skip Schumaker had a single, double and two-run triple for the Cardinals, who beat the Astros for the ninth time in the last 13 meetings.
Wainwright (6-3) left in the sixth with a sprained finger and said he initially hurt it in pre-game warmups. He said popping the knuckle back into place during the game seemed to be the perfect remedy for a while.
"It sort of was lingering throughout the entire game," Wainwright said. "I felt like it needed to pop or get cracked or something. So I kept cracking it and it felt fine."
Wainwright had a 2-2 count on leadoff hitter Darin Erstad when he signaled to the dugout that he had hurt his finger. St. Louis manager Tony La Russa and head athletic trainer Barry Weinberg came to the mound and La Russa brought in Kyle McClellan to relieve.
"All of a sudden, I threw a curve ball to Erstad and it made a noise," Wainwright said. "I couldn't squeeze the ball after that."
Wainwright threw 88 pitches, giving up two runs and seven hits. He had lasted at least 5 2-3 innings in his previous 13 starts. His finger wasn't swollen after the game and Wainwright was frustrated that he couldn't give the Cardinals' relief pitchers more of a break.
"That was the bad thing about it," he said. "Today was the day I definitely could've saved our bullpen a little bit. We were in need of that. Our whole 'pen has been taxed lately."
The Cardinals' pitching staff has been dealing with injuries all season.
Todd Wellemeyer flew back to St. Louis after Thursday's start in Washington with inflammation in his right elbow and several other pitchers are rehabbing, including Chris Carpenter (elbow) and Jason Isringhausen (hand).
Mark Mulder, who's been out with a left shoulder injury, threw a bullpen session before Saturday's game. La Russa gave no timetable on his return.
Weinberg told Wainwright after the game that he was likely to miss 1-2 days of throwing. La Russa said the Cardinals would be cautious.
"It's enough to concern you," La Russa said. "It's the fingertip on his pitching hand, so it's something to be concerned about."
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