Cardinals Veteran Starter Out Several Weeks After Injury During Workout

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright will begin the 2023 baseball season on the injured list due to a groin strain, according to reports.

The 41-year-old right-hander reportedly suffered the injury during a workout with Team USA in the World Baseball Classic on Tuesday.

While Wainwright just pitched four innings in a win over Cuba in the WBC semifinals on Sunday, he had shown diminished velocity throughout the spring, so the injury gives him some extra time to build up his arm strength.

However, Wainwright's absence will force the Cardinals to change up their rotation for the start of the season.

Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol told Denton that Wainwright is likely to miss "several weeks," and that Jake Woodford will take his spot in the rotation.

Woodford now figures to be in the Cardinals' starting lineup for the first few games of the season.

Wainwright is entering his 18th MLB season. Photo Credit: Rich Storry-USA TODAY Sports