Adam Wainwright didn’t waste any time in greeting the press this afternoon. “It’s great to see you again,” Waino said as the room full of moving pens and recording devices laughed which made the staff ace ask what was so funny. This is Waino as a person in any environment. Certain players let the burn of the stage overwhelm them. Waino is the opposite. When asked right off the bat about coming back so quick after the World Series, he wanted more action.
With Chris Carpenter out of the mix, Waino is ready to be the ace but also cautioned that other arms are joining him fast.”These young bucks are pushing me. I was so proud of Shelby. Lance Lynn pitching 200 innings. We have a great young mix and I am going to enjoy it while I can.”
Waino had a heavy workload in 2013 and that can always leads to questions about his health going into 2014. What did he do to balance the load?
“I pushed my throwing program back a couple weeks. I didn’t mess with my workout regime. I felt like pushing back throwing was a good idea. My arm felt exactly the same as it has in the past, but I felt like it was a wise thing to push it back. If I expect to go into the season thinking I’ll be tired, then I will be tired. It’s a mental game there ”