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No replacing Adam Wainwright

Updated: February 24, 2011, 2:45 PM ET
By Jayson Stark

If there's a word that describes Adam Wainwright's impact on the Cardinals better than any other right now, it's this:

Irreplaceable.

There isn't a pitcher on the roster, a pitcher on the free-agent market or a pitcher the Cardinals could trade for who can replace, in just about any way, what one of the best starters alive would have given them had he not had to make a visit to his friendly neighborhood Tommy John surgeon.

That's no slight to Kyle McClellan, no knock ...

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