St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright tore his left Achilles tendon in April, but he’s hoping to get healthy and rejoin the team this season. "Absolutely, I know that I'm working toward the end of the season. I don't know if that will [happen], but we'll see," the 33-year-old Wainwright told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "It's progressing nicely."

The initial estimated time of recovery for Wainwright was nine to 12 months, or out for the season, but it appears he is recovering faster as he is already off crutches and using a walking boot. Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak initially said Wainwright was not expected to rejoin the team this season.

Without Wainwright, the Cardinals have the best record in all of baseball, with 43 wins against 22 losses. Through his MLB career, Wainwright has a win-loss record of 121-67 with a 2.98 ERA and 1,324 strikeouts. He was a key part of the Cardinals squad that won the World Series in 2006.