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Cardinals clear Wainwright to start Saturday

The pitcher was scratched from Monday's game due to a sore elbow.

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Following a health scare and a missed start, the St. Louis Cardinals will welcome Adam Wainwright back to the rotation on Saturday. First reported by Jennifer Langosch of MLB.com, the starter will be back on the mound this weekend to face the Phillies:

Wainwright threw a side session today to test the elbow and reported no problems afterwards.

It comes as good news to an organization that was fearing for the worst. Wainwright underwent Tommy John surgery three seasons ago, which amplifies any concerns that arise regarding his elbow.

So far this season, Wainwright has been the perennial Cy Young candidate he always has been, having pitched 100.1 innings already this season with a 2.15 ERA. If he keeps it up, he may very well capture the award that has eluded him three times previous, finishing second last season to Clayton Kershaw, second in 2010 to Roy Halladay, and third in 2009 behind Tim Lincecum and fellow Cardinal armsman Chris Carpenter.