Adam Wainwright is on Major League Baseball’s long-term disabled list as he recovers from a torn Achilles tendon in his left ankle. He’s hoping to make it back for the final month of the Cardinals season, but isn’t physically able to get much work on the mound in the meantime.
That changed on Monday night, with Wainwright back on a mound and sending balls across the plate. A lot more of them were batted back the other direction than he is used to, though he wasn’t exactly worried about his pitching line; he was pitching to 8-year-old girls.
As reported by Fox Sports Midwest and noted by the Chicago Sun-Times, Wainwright took over on the mound when the pitching machine used by his daughter Baylie’s softball team broke during a Monday night league game. The results weren’t pretty for the Cardinal ace’s ERA — he allowed 19 runs to the Dirt Diamonds — though that landed them a win, which was a lot more important for the pitcher.
You can see Wainwright’s cast in the photo above, which was taken by youth softball umpire Greg Lazerwitz, who was working the game. Lazerwitz put Wainwright’s performance in perspective when he noted that the game was, “the only time that his own team’s rooting against him.” But it was Wainwright who apparently had the comment of the night.
“He turned to me in the middle of the game,” Lazerwitz told Fox Sports Midwest, “and actually did say, ‘I told everyone I’d pitch again this year.'”