Adam Wainwright (50) pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE
(The Chirp) -- It is no real surprise, but it is still worth mentioning. Today the Cardinals officially named Adam Wainwright the starter for Opening Day, April 1 in Phoenix against the Diamondbacks.
Wainwright last started on Opening Day back in 2009. Last year, Kyle Lohse got the nod. Wainwright opened the 2012 season as the starter in the third game of the season.
So, while we know Wainwright is the man on April 1, he is still a man working on a contract extension. NBC Sports reports negotiations between Wainwright and the Cardinals seemingly haven't progressed much recently, but general manager John Mozeliak said earlier this week that the two sides continue to talk.
The Cardinals open at home one week later, on April 8th. Because the rotation is still in flux, it is not known who will take the mound on that day. We'll keep you posted.