|2014 Regular Season|
The Cardinals say Friday's operation was an arthroscopic procedure to trim a small piece of cartilage from the right elbow. The 33-year-old Wainwright is expected to begin physical therapy in two weeks and resume his offseason throwing program in eight weeks. Wainwright went 20-9 with a career-low 2.38 ERA in 32 starts this season.
Wainwright did not pitch well against the Dodgers and now gets another West Coast opponent to test his mettle.
Wainwright won't pitch since the Cards clinched the NL Central crown when Pittsburgh lost in Cincinnati. He will start a NL division series opener against the Dodgers.
Wainwright hit the 20-win mark for the second time while matching his career high for victories. Wainwright (20-9, 2.38 ERA) won his fifth straight start and made it look easy, striking out eight and walking one. He's allowed two runs in 33 innings and registered two complete games in his last four outings
Wainwright (19-9) worked around seven hits and tied the Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw for the major league wins lead. He struck out seven and walked two in his ninth career shutout. He has thrown three this year, matching Detroit's Rick Porcello and Miami's Henderson Alvarez for most in the majors.
Wainwright appears to be on his way to a strong final month, going 3-0 with a 2.35 ERA in three September starts.
Wainwright has won his last two starts, tying him for the major league lead with 17 victories.
Wainwright (13-6, 2.26 ERA) is 1-2 with a 5.82 ERA in his last three starts.
Wainwright has been stellar all season but has been particularly dialed in over his last nine outings, going 5-2 with a 1.40 ERA.
Wainwright hadn't pitched since July 12, and he may have been given a little too much rest. Look for him to bounce back in his next outing.