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Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright returning for 2023 season

Oct 2, 2022; St. Louis, Missouri, USA;  St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (4) and starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (50) fist bump as they walk in from the bullpen before their record breaking 328th career battery start in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright is returning for an 18th season with the franchise, team president John Mozeliak announced Wednesday.

“We’re super excited that he’s coming back, and we understood that he had interest in pitching again,” Mozeliak said. “He and I started talking about this in early September, and obviously the September didn’t go as he wanted it to, but we really do feel like there’s something left in that tank. We all know how competitive he is, we know how special he is in that clubhouse and what he means to this organization. So, we’re just glad we could get it done.”

However, the team has not formally announced a new deal or an extension for Wainwright.

Wainwright, 41, posted an 11-12 record with a 3.71 ERA in 32 starts this season.

Wainwright has pitched in the majors only for the Cardinals, and he was part of the team that won the World Series in 2006.

A three-time All-Star, Wainwright has a career record of 195-117 with an ERA of 3.38. He’s appeared in 457 games (390 starts) and thrown 2,567 1/3 innings.

–Field Level Media