The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to today’s double-header against the Pittsburgh Pirates that they have activated right-handed pitcher Adam Wainwright from the 60-day disabled list and placed right-handed pitcher Carlos Martinez (right shoulder strain) on the 60-day disabled list.
Wainwright, 34, who suffered a left Achilles injury on April 25, has missed 141 games since injuring himself while batting in a game at Milwaukee. Prior to the injury, he was 2-1 with a 1.44 ERA (25.0 IP) in four starts.
The team plans to use Wainwright out of the bullpen. He last pitched in relief during the 2006 season when he was on the mound to close out both the World Series and National League Championship Series. He has made 221 consecutive appearances as a starter since that time.
The two-time 20-game winner and three-time All-Star owns a career mark of 121-67 with a 2.90 ERA.