Car­di­nals’ Wain­wright is still aim­ing high

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ST. LOUIS — At 37, Adam Wain­wright re­mains con­fi­dent in his abil­ity to still be ef­fec­tive on the mound for the Car­di­nals.

Wain­wright made just eight starts in an in­jury-plagued 2018 sea­son, giv­ing up 12 earned runs on 22 hits in 22 1-3 in­nings. He still struck out 25 and walked just four, but it was a frus­trat­ing sea­son: He had a ham­string in­jury and started the sea­son on the dis­abled list. He came back and made three starts. Then he re­turned to the 60-day DL with a sore right el­bow.

In his re­hab out­ing be­fore re­turn­ing in Septem­ber, Wain­wright pitched 17 score­less in­nings. His best out­ing was a two-hit, six-in­ning score­less out­ing against the Los An­ge­les Dodgers in his next-to-last start.

Wain­wright showed him­self and the Car­di­nals he could still pitch.

“I want to win. There’s still a big part of me that thinks that I’m go­ing to win a Cy Young,” Wain­wright said. “So, I mean, even if that’s pitch­ing in

mid­dle relief, I’d be the first one to ever do that.”

Last Oc­to­ber, Wain­wright inked a one-year con­tract worth $2 mil­lion plus bonus in­cen­tives. That deal fol­lowed a five-year, $97.5 mil­lion con­tract that had ex­pired.

He will be en­ter­ing his 15th sea­son with the Car­di­nals.

His career in St. Louis has been a good one. He has 148 wins in his 14 sea­sons. Wain­wright is two wins shy of be­com­ing the fifth Car­di­nal pitcher and first since Bob Forsch to win 150 games.

Wain­wright was the run­ner-up for the Cy Young Award in 2010 and 2013. He also fin­ished third twice.

IN­DI­ANS: Cleve­land signed free agent out­fielder Matt Joyce and reliever Alex Wil­son to mi­nor league con­tracts. The deals in­clude in­vites to spring train­ing camp.

Joyce, 34, spent the past two sea­sons with the Oak­land Ath­let­ics. The 32-year-old Wil­son pitched in 59 games for Detroit last sea­son, post­ing a 3.36 ERA.

TWINS: Min­nesota agreed to a mi­nor league con­tract with jour­ney­man in­fielder Adam Ros­ales and first base­man Lu­cas Duda, which in­cludes in­vi­ta­tions to big league spring train­ing.

Ros­ales hit .211 in 13 games for Cleve­land last year. He is a career .226 hit­ter with 48 home runs and 179 RBIs in 11 years with Cincin­nati, Oak­land, Texas, San Diego, Ari­zona and Cleve­land.

ROY­ALS: Right-han­der Homer Bai­ley and Kansas City agreed to a mi­nor con­tract that in­cludes an in­vi­ta­tion to big league spring train­ing.

The 32-year-old has spent his en­tire 12-year career in Cincin­nati, mak­ing 212 starts and go­ing 67-77 with a 4.56 ERA.

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