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When will Adam Wainwright return to St. Louis Cardinals rotation this season?

We’ve got the latest updates for Adam Wainwright and when he’ll return in 2023.

Starter Adam Wainwright #50 of the St. Louis Cardinals delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium on October 2, 2022 in St. Louis, Missouri. Photo by Scott Kane/Getty Images

The St. Louis Cardinals will start the 2023 season without veteran pitcher Adam Wainwright. He is reportedly playing in the final season of his illustrious career but will begin the year on the injured list. Waino represented Team USA in the 2023 World Baseball Classic but injured his groin during the tournament.

Waino is heading into the 18th season of his career. He played in 32 games a season ago and had an 11-12 record with a 3.71 ERA. Wainwright was famously part of the battery duo with Yadier Molina, who hung up his cleats at the end of last season. Due to his heading to IL, Miles Mikolas will be the starting pitcher for the Cards as they take on the Toronto Blue Jays on Opening Day.

Adam Wainwright injury update

Thursday, May 4 Update— Waino is expected to be activated off the IL ahead of the team’s game on Saturday, May 6, against the Detroit Tigers. Outside of rehab appearances, it will be the first time that he pitched since the World Baseball Classic.

Tuesday, April 18 Update — Wainwright is scheduled to have a rehab start on Wednesday with the franchise’s Double-A affiliate in Springfield. His return date largely depends on how he feels after this rehab start, but the veteran is still expected to be sidelined until April 29.

Tuesday, April 4 Update — Wainwright is expected to be out until at least April 21. He did throw a bullpen session on Monday, and there haven't been reported setbacks or anything. A date for a rehab assignment has yet to be determined.

As of March 23, the expectation is that Wainwright will miss the first month of the season. He isn’t able to throw with the injury, so will have to ramp up his throwing program once he can get back on the mound.