The Sports Network reports the St. Louis Cardinals will place starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (finger) on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, June 10, with a sprained finger. The move will be retroactive to Sunday, June 8.
Wainwright has been pitching very well this season. In 13 starts, he is 6-3 with a 3.14 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. He has also thrown a complete game this season. He has struck out 62 batters and walked 20 in 91 2/3 innings. The 26-year-old has been the ace of a Cardinals team that was not expected to be very competitive this season. He has allowed 10 home runs, which is not a great number for a top fantasy pitcher.
He had a pretty decent season in 2007. In 32 starts, he went 14-12 with a 3.70 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP. He struck out 136 batters and walked 70 in 202 innings. He only allowed 13 home runs all season. Last season was his first full season as a starting pitcher, so he was expected to improve this season after the experience he gained.
From a fantasy perspective, Wainwright has been one of the better fantasy pitchers and has been one of the better value picks from fantasy drafts. It is not known how long he will be out, but it is not expected to be a long-term injury. Fantasy owners should put Wainwright on the disabled list if they have the roster space. If owners do not have the space, he should be stashed on the bench because he should be able to continue being a solid starter for the rest of the season.
One pitcher who could be a short-term replacement is starting pitcher Joel Pineiro (groin). Pineiro is currently on the 15-day disabled list but is expected to be activated at some point this week. In eight starts this season, he is 2-3 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. He has struck out 23 batters and walked 13 batters in 44 innings. He should rejoin the starting rotation when he is activated and could be an option in deep or NL-only formats.
About Tim Piotrowski
Piotrowski has been a Hot Off the Wire analyst since 2007.
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