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Play it again, Waino: Rejuvenated by reinvention, veteran returns to Cardinals for 2020

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — One of the things Adam Wainwright promised to give the young starters and wanted from them in return was honesty, and so here was Jack Flaherty, all of two years in the rotation, approaching Wainwright in the dugout this past August about to test that boundary.

He thought Wainwright could be better, pitch with more confidence, and there was no other way to say it than to say it, in person, at Busch Stadium, during a game.

“There was definitely a moment where it’s at that point, do I really say this? Is this really my place?