St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright

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Wainwright: 'I Want To Be Mean And Compete Again'

February 14, 2018 - 3:08 pm

JUPITER, Fla. (KMOX) - Adam Wainwright says he doesn't want to reflect on last season. He wants to forget about the tightness in his back, which led to his elbow injury and ended his season early. 

"Last year I was a little too nice out there at times," Wainwright told our Chris Hrabe and Mike Claiborne. "And sometimes I wasn't working with a full deck of cards, as y'all know. 

"I'm looking forward to proving to myself, 'I've still got it.' Which in turn proves a lot of people wrong." 

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was also asked about the expectations put on Wainwright this season. 

"The expectation is greatness," Matheny says. "And that's what he puts on himself at well and for us it's just seeing how his body holds up physically."

He mirrors Wainwright's goal of "proving people wrong" as some doubt has come from media and fans in the 36-year-old's final year of his contract in St. Louis.

"Because of questions like this he's probably more motivated than ever before," Matheny says.

Wainwright is one of the many Cardinals interviews you can hear on Wednesday night's Countdown To Opening Day show on KMOX AM1120. Hrabe and Claiborne will also be joined by Matheny, broadcaster Mike Shannon, former Cards pitcher Kyle McClellan and more, from 7-9 p.m.