Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak announced Thursday morning that, as expected, ace Adam Wainwright will require reconstructive elbow surgery.
Wainwright, 29, will undergo “Tommy John” surgery to replace the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. The typical recovery time for a starting pitcher who undergoes the operation is roughly 12-15 months.
The club had expected that Wainwright would need the surgery after the pitcher consulted with Dr. George Paletta, the team’s head physician, on Wednesday. A second opinion from Dr. Lewis Yocum confirmed Paletta’s findings. Yocum notified Mozeliak of his opinion on Wednesday evening.
“It’s not a real surprise to us this morning,” Mozeliak said, “but certainly a disappointment and a finality to this process.”
A date for the surgery has not been determined, but Paletta will perform the operation.