St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright will have Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and miss the entire season.
Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak confirmed the news Thursday from spring training camp. He said he learned the severity of the injury Wednesday night after the 29-year-old pitcher sought a second opinion from Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles. A surgery date is not set.
"It's not a real surprise to us but certainly a disappointment," Mozeliak said. "As we look to the future now we certainly believe we still have a strong starting rotation. Now we're going to have to look to try to fill it in terms of a fifth spot."
Wainwright, who won 20 games last year and was runner-up for the NL Cy Young Award, felt arm stiffness after Monday's throwing session. He had experienced soreness toward the end of last season and didn't pitch in September.
Volquez gets spring start
Right-hander Edinson Volquez will open the Cincinnati Reds' spring training schedule, pitching the first two innings against the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.
Manager Dusty Baker said Thursday that Sam LeCure and Matt Maloney will pitch two innings apiece after Volquez. Both of them started and relieved last season, helping the Reds win the NL Central title.
The Reds' rotation is set with Volquez, Bronson Arroyo and Johnny Cueto. The last two spots are open to competition. Mike Leake will start a spring training game on Wednesday, Homer Bailey on Thursday and Travis Wood on Friday. Those three are the leading candidates for the other two spots.
Webb showing progress
Brandon Webb is making progress for the Texas Rangers. Manager Ron Washington said Webb threw 60-65 pitches off flat ground during a 17-minute session Thursday, and that the "ball was coming out of his hand real good."
The Rangers decided they wanted the former Kentucky pitcher to build up arm strength before getting back on a mound after his short bullpen session during the first workout a week ago. The former NL Cy Young Award winner hasn't pitched in a major-league game since the 2009 opener for Arizona because of shoulder surgery.
Around the majors
Nationals: Top draft pick Bryce Harper will make his spring training debut Monday when Washington plays the Mets in Port St. Lucie, Fla., in the spring training opener. Nationals Manager Jim Riggleman said he expects the 18-year-old Harper will get at least one at-bat in the game.
"I'm hoping that he kind of blends in," Riggleman said. "I'm not looking for him to excel against major-league pitching."
Tigers: Miguel Cabrera arrived at spring training Thursday for the first time since he was arrested last week on suspicion of drunken driving and promptly apologized. Major League Baseball said he will undergo treatment set up by doctors administered by management and its players' union. The 27-year-old didn't deny he had an alcohol problem, but he said he was willing to undergo treatment.
Rays: Johnny Damon relishes the challenge of helping Tampa Bay get back to the playoffs. The defending AL East champions signed him and Manny Ramirez this month to bolster an offense missing some key components from last season. They also are being counted on to provide veteran leadership in a young clubhouse.
Damon is confident they will deliver on and off the field. The 37-year-old left fielder batted .271 in 145 games with the Tigers last season. He thinks he can continue to be productive and believes outsiders are prematurely writing off the Rays' prospects for success.
"There's something about being counted out before the first pitch is thrown," Damon said. "We know what kind of team we have here. We have a lot of guys who are stepping into their primes right now. ... We're excited to prove the naysayers wrong and help develop a bunch of these kids."