Wainwright giving body “a complete rest”

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Adam Wainwright, who is not eligible to pitch in Tuesday’s All-Star Game at Citi Field, said that he will stay off the mound for the entirety of the four-day All-Star break. Having already logged a National League-high 146 2/3 innings this season, Wainwright said he is valuing the downtime “very highly.”

Under Wainwright’s normal routine, Tuesday would have been his day to throw a side session. But with his next start pushed to Sunday and with substantial innings under his belt already, Wainwright limited his activity to a light upper-body workout.

“I’m just going to give my body a compete rest,” he said before Tuesday’s game. “The only throwing I’m going to be doing is back into the bucket during BP.”

Wainwright said he might throw a light side session on Friday, but he emphasized the ‘light’ part of that.

“I’m going to take this time to rest,” Wainwright continued. “I think that will benefit me more than any amount of bullpen sessions or throwing can do right now.”

Wainwright is only 52 innings away from matching his regular-season total from 2012. If he maintains his pace of 7 1/3-innings per start, he’ll reach that 2012 total after seven more starts. But more important than any total innings count is efficiency — and in that category, Wainwright has been one of the best. He enters the second half of the season averaging 14.1 pitches per inning.

“If you put yourself in the best position than the innings load shouldn’t really matter,” Wainwright said. “Like the game I pitched last time against the Cubs, those are the games that tax you. Those are the ones that stick with you more going into your other starts, too. If you go pitch nine innings, throw 100 pitches, you’re not even sore.”

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Your story on best trades you forgot to mention best trade after Lou was Ozzie from the padres!

The trade story was highlighting in-season trades, as was noted in the headlines. The Ozzie Smith trade was not during the season.

We really need a shortstop.

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