Wainwright: Season-ending reports ‘all speculation’

Cardinals minor league pitcher Alex Reyes suspended 50 games

St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday morning after the right-hander injured his left Achilles tendon while batting Saturday in St. Louis’ 5-3 victory over the Brewers.

Wainwright had already thrown four shutout innings when he led off the fifth with a popup. He stumbled out of the batter’s box and left the field with the help of a trainer.

“My foot just shut down on me,” Wainwright said after the game.

Neither Wainwright or team officials would confirm reports that Wainwright, a 20-game winner last season and off to a 2-1 start with a 1.44 ERA in 2015, would miss the remainder of the season.

He will undergo an MRI Monday in St. Louis.

“It’s something in the back of my ankle so we’ll see what it is on Monday,” Wainwright said. “Everything right now is just all speculation.”

With Wainwright’s spot in the rotation not due up again until later in the week, the Cardinals filled an immediate need by recalling catcher Cody Stanley from Triple-A Memphis, providing depth behind Tony Cruz who made his second straight start Sunday while Yadier Molina recovers from a bruised right knee.

Molina took a foul tip off the knee Friday at Milwaukee, and left the game early. Matheny was optimistic Sunday morning that his All-Star catcher won’t end up on the disabled list, as well.

“We’re still hopeful that we’re talking a day or so. We’ll adjust as we need to,” Matheny said.