Adam Wainwright "celebrated' the unofficial anniversary Friday of the right elbow injury that forced him to a surgeon's table.

Wainwright, already in camp for more than six weeks, faced hitters from the same Field 3 mound on which he experienced the telltale sign of a muscle strain accompanied by a ruptured ligament last February.

"Today, with the hitters, I noticed there was a little something more than there was before," Wainwright said.

Manager Mike Matheny was unaware of the coincidence when told of it shortly before Friday's workout. Matheny was on hand when Wainwright faced infielder Tyler Greene and first base prospect Matt Adams. The uneventful session extended a run of good vibes for Wainwright, who arrived at Roger Dean Stadium on Jan. 11 to begin his camp.

"It's old news to these guys," Wainwright joked afterward. "Matt (Holliday) and Skip (Schumaker) are so tired of reading my name in the papers and hearing it on the radio they call me 'Radio Ronnie.'"

While some of his fellow hurlers participated in their first live batting practice, Wainwright has been throwing similar sessions for three weeks. Friday's session actually came one year plus two days after the initial injury, which occurred during Wainwright's first spring session against hitters.