Adam Wainwright suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon while stumbling out of the batter's box recently, but the St. Louis Cardinals right-hander doesn't want to see the designated hitter in the National League.
Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer, who spent the past five seasons in the AL with the Detroit Tigers, reignited the oft-debated topic when he said that both leagues should play by the same rules and that fans don't want to see a pitcher "swinging a wet newspaper."
Wainwright, however, said his injury shouldn't be the catalyst for change.
"I couldn't disagree more," Wainwright said. "I love Max ... but I just think baseball is a National League game. I wish both leagues would convert to National League baseball. I understand why people would say that, but you can't point to another instance, almost, that the pitcher got hurt, whether or not it was their Achilles, doing that kind of thing.
"The strategy and the game itself in the National is just a better game, in my opinion. I hope that people don't look at this -- which I know they already are -- and think we should switch to a DH for pitchers. I think baseball is a beautiful game and I hope it doesn't change too much." Wainwright will have surgery later this week, likely Thursday, and recovery time is generally nine to 12 months.
"I could have been carrying my daughter up the stairs," Wainwright said. "So, outlaw carrying your daughter up the stairs. Outlaw covering first. Outlaw fielding a bunt. "It was a fluke thing and baseball needs to stay exactly where it is."