Adam Wainwright’s likely season-ending elbow injury sent ripples throughout MLB this morning, and perhaps nobody was as thrilled about the news as the Cincinnati Reds. Scenes from a clubhouse after the jump.
Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News was in the Reds’ clubhouse and picked up two terrific nuggets.
Said outfielder Jonny Gomes:
The melody was not recognizable, but the words were plaintive: “Wainwright’s gone, Wainwright’s gone, Wainwright’s gone,” he sang joyously.
Manager Dusty Baker added:
Told that he had elbow issues, Baker smiled shyly and said, “Who are they going to blame for that one?” Baker, of course, is forever being accused (wrongfully) of ruining pitchers’ arms with overuse or misuse).
Some lingering resentment from last summer’s brawl, perhaps?
If you’re wondering, the teams meet the weekend of April 22 in St. Louis for a 3-game set. Two games are expected to be televised.
[UPDATE: Mark Sheldon claims to have spoken to Gomes about the incident, and the Reds outfielder denies singing about Wainwright being gone. “I came in and I said ‘is Wainwright gone, is Wainwright gone?’ … There’s one thing you don’t wish upon anyone and that is an injury. Even if they are on the other team, you wish them the best of health.]
Reds ‘on alert’ over loss of Wainwright [Dayton Daily News]