The St. Louis Cardinals have recently suffered a devastating blow upon learning that star pitcher Adam Wainwright has a severe elbow injury.  Wainwright won 20 games for the Cards in 2010, posting a 2.42 ERA.

Unfortunately, injured aces around the major leagues is nothing new.

The Cubs lost top young pitcher Mark Prior to injury, and Brandon Webb, now with the Texas Rangers, is another sad story.

Let’s take a look at some top aces from the recent years who have faced career-threatening surgery.

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