• As Mets pitcher Matt Harvey considers his treatment options in light of being diagnosed with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament, he can look to Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright as someone who pitched for 12 years after first being diagnosed with a partial UCL tear.
Wainwright recalled on Tuesday how he was bothered by the injury during his junior year of high school and then again six years later, when he was pitching in Triple-A. He was prescribed rest and rehab, and after the second setback was given a 60 percent chance of coming back without issue. Wainwright went on to pitch six more seasons before eventually having to undergo Tommy John surgery.
"You don't want to say, 'It's just a matter of time [until surgery],' because you never know," Wainwright said. "[Harvey] could pitch 12 more years and be fine. That would be a great career. He could also pitch again and never have another pain in his elbow. It can happen. It's just rare. Most of the time it leads to something more."
• Right-hander Jake Westbrook (lower back strain) gave a thumbs up after throwing his first bullpen session since being placed on the disabled list. Westbrook is not eligible to come off the DL until Sept. 6.
• MLB Network announced that it will broadcast the Cardinals' Labor Day game in Cincinnati next Monday. First pitch is scheduled for 12:10 p.m. CT.
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