After exiting his start on Sunday against the Chicago Cubs, Adam Wainwright is headed to the IL with a strained hamstring. As Wainwright approaches the twilight of his career at the ripe age of 37, it is becoming increasingly obvious that the right hander simply cannot stay healthy.
Wainwright threw just 40 innings last year, and has not had a season with at least 25 starts since 2016. Due to Wainwright's decline and ailing health, the Cardinals would be much better off moving him to the bullpen once he returns.
Don't get me wrong, Wainwright has had an excellent career as a starter and he deserves all of the respect in the world. However, we know that Wainwright is more than capable of coming out of the bullpen, and there are several benefits to this.