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Cardinals righthander Adam Wainwright pitched only two innings in one game after being sidelined in mid-August with an elbow impingement. Wainwright clearly wasn’t himself that night in Pittsburgh and was shut down for the rest of the season, so on Tuesday he will have the issue addressed with arthroscopic surgery to be performed here.

It is not reconstructive surgery, said manager Mike Matheny. “Just a cleanup,” said Matheny Sunday before the season finale. “Get in there and get that stuff out."

Matheny said Wainwright would be ready for spring training and also said that he expected the 36-year-old, who tied for the staff lead in wins at 12, would be in his five-man rotation for next year.

“Absolutely,” said Matheny.

"He’s going to be an effective pitcher no matter what he’s got,” said Matheny. “There’s going to be a whole another level in his stuff than we saw at the end of the season.”

Wainwright went out Aug. 17 and didn't pitch again until Sept. 23.

"The  most frustrating thing was the timing of everything," said Wainwright. "Right when the team got into the thick of the things, it’s hard on your ego sometimes to go to the manager and say, 'Listen, I’m not where I need to be... and there are better options.' That hurts me to go in there and say that stuff."


Rick Hummel is a Cardinals beat writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.