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Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright (COVID-19) to return Sunday

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May 4, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (50) delivers a warm up pitch in between innings against the Kansas City Royals during the game at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright will be activated Sunday to start against the San Francisco Giants, manager Oliver Marmol told reporters on Saturday.

Wainwright was placed on the COVID-19 list on May 6 due to close contact with a team staffer who tested positive. Wainwright spent a week in quarantine before being around the team on Friday.

The 40-year-old Wainwright said he experience no symptoms. It was the second time this year Wainwright has dealt with COVID-19. He contracted the virus in January and said he had three days of flu-like symptoms, two days of extreme exhaustion and lost his sense to smell … which he says still has not returned.

Wainwright is 3-3 with a 3.18 ERA in six starts this season. He was superb in his last outing on May 4 when he tossed seven shutout innings of one-hit ball in a 10-0 win over the Kansas City Royals.

A three-time All-Star, Wainwright is 187-108 with a 3.35 ERA in 431 appearances (364 starts) since reaching the majors with the Cardinals in 2005.

St. Louis also activated right-hander Drew VerHagen (hip) from the 10-day injured list and optioned left-hander Packy Naughton to Triple-A Memphis.

VerHagen, 31, had a 5.79 ERA in three relief appearances before being injured. He also had a bout with COVID-19, which delayed his return.

Naughton, 26, was 0-1 with a 3.52 ERA over 7 2/3 innings in one start and four relief appearances.

–Field Level Media