St. Louis Cardinals' starting pitcher Adam Wainwright was recently diagnosed with a torn ligament in his pitching elbow that will require surgery and end his season days after it started.
I was fortunate to never sustain a major injury that would require surgery. It has to be devastating.
The sad part is that Wainwright didn't make his last scheduled start of the 2010 season because of discomfort in the elbow. The Cardinals had it checked out and there wasn't any problems detected. But, according to a St. Louis Dispatch article, he was apparently worried that something wasn't right and was scared to pitch.
I feel bad for him because I know who much time goes into to preparing for a long baseball season. Parts of almost every day of the off-season are spent getting ready for the long grind - especially of being a starting pitcher.
And to have your season cut short just a week after it started has to be a hard pill to swallow.
But I'm sure Adam Wainwright will resurface. You don't get to become a Cy Young Award candidate without hard work and discipline.
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