ST. LOUIS -- Adam Wainwright is one week away from throwing a bullpen session.
Wainwright will not accompany the Cardinals on their upcoming road trip, instead staying in St. Louis to go through his last week of throwing to a standing catcher. He will continue the program he's followed in recent weeks, throwing from a long distance before getting on a mound and pitching to a standing catcher. He'll do that three times this week, and then early next week, he will throw to a catcher in a crouch.
It will be the first bullpen session Wainwright has thrown since undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery during Spring Training.
The right-hander has acknowledged that it is essentially impossible that he could pitch in any games this year. However, he said that he still keeps the thought in his mind when he's working.
"When I think, 'Yeah, I'm working for next year,' it's too far off," Wainwright said. "I need something I can see."