Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright has been champing at the bit to get back on the mound ever since suffering an Achilles injury early in the season. On Monday, he seized at the opportunity to toss the ball again, when the pitching machine at his daughter’s softball game mysteriously went out of commission (really, Adam?).
For those asking. Story of Waino's first rehab start last night. He made it a game of smiles for the entire complex. pic.twitter.com/APxtifFCOI
— Greg Lazerwitz (@I_Am_Tazlaz) July 21, 2015
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This isn’t the first time Wainwright has made softball news. After pitching at last year’s MLB All-Star Game, Wainwright admitted to serving up a “softball” to retiring Yankees captain Derek Jeter.
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Wainwright later recanted his admission in a dugout interview with Fox Sports reporter Erin Andrews.
Skip Bayless of ESPN First Take didn’t buy Wainwright’s later explanation, while Stephen A. Smith took the media to task for haranguing Wainwright for grooving a pitch (or not) in an exhibition game.