After pitching through on-and-off right elbow discomfort this season, Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright had a piece of cartilage trimmed from the elbow on Friday. The procedure is not expected to affect his readiness for Spring Training, as Wainwright should be able to resume throwing in eight weeks, after six weeks of physical therapy.
The Cardinals confirmed the surgery after the fact, this news coming just days after general manager John Mozeliak announced that doctors examined Wainwright's elbow last Friday and prescribed him rest. After that news conference, Wainwright received a second opinion on his elbow, at which point it was determined that surgery was the best way to address the issue. He had an MRI as part of both examinations.