Cubs feel for Wainwright, Cardinals

Cubs feel for Wainwright, Cardinals

Cubs feel for Wainwright, Cardinals
MESA, Ariz. -- The Cubs were not gloating over the news Wednesday that the Cardinals may have lost pitcher Adam Wainwright to a serious elbow injury.

"He's on one of our rivalry teams," Chicago pitcher Sean Marshall said, "but I still wish him the best as a friend. You don't wish that on anyone for sure, even if it is your 'sports enemy.' Adam's a great guy and I wish him well. He's definitely one of their staples in their rotation and a Cy Young contender the last couple years, and it helps our team if he's not in the rotation, but you don't wish anything bad on anybody."

Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood has had to deal with his share of injuries.

"You feel bad for the guy and you never want to see guys get hurt, especially top-of-the-line guys like that," Wood said, "but he's not the first, and he won't be the last."

A 20-game winner last year, Wainwright is 6-4 lifetime against the Cubs, including a 2-1 mark last year.

"You want to win and compete and all the rest of it, but you don't like seeing anybody get hurt, that's for darn sure," Cubs manager Mike Quade said. "He's meant a lot to them. That will be a tough one [to overcome]."

It's been a tough camp for the Cardinals with all the talk about Albert Pujols' contract and now this.

"I've always said that as long as [Tony La Russa] is running the club and they have the people they have, it's a great franchise and they always have the ability to get better and add on and I fully expect them to be right in the thick of it no matter what," general manager Jim Hendry said.