Adam Wainwright made sure a minor-league teammate won’t have to walk to camp anymore

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Adam Wainwright is the early front-runner for teammate of the year in Cardinals spring training camp.

The veteran right-hander noticed that a teammate – minor-league left-hander Ryan Sherriff – was walking to and from workouts each day in Cardinals camp. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Wainwright questioned him about it and asked if he would like a bike or car. Sherriff declined on both, but Wainwright took matters into his own hands.

Wainwright hooked up Sherriff with a rental car and picked up the tab.

“Waino got me a rental car,” Sherriff said, via the Post-Dispatch. “I freaked out a little bit. I started crying. I called my mom, and she started crying. Really, I’ve never had that experience. No one has ever done something so nice for me before.”

Wow. When asked about his good deed, Wainwright explained that he simply was paying it forward – veteran players had done similarly kind things for him when he was a younger player. And Sherriff also repaid the favor by buying Wainwright a $20 gift card to Chick-Fil-A, some sweet tea and some steak sauce (three things listed as Wainwright favorites on his Twitter page – kind of).

“That’s the best thank you gift I have ever had,” Wainwright said, according to “It was funny. He wrote a very nice note to me. He wrote, ‘I accidentally bought steak sauce instead of barbecue sauce.'”

Sherriff, 26, has pitched in the Cardinals’ minor-league organization since being drafted in the 28th round in 2011. In 49 relief appearances at Triple-A last season, he went 7-1 with a 2.84 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 66.2 innings.

Even if he fails to make St. Louis’ 25-man roster this spring, Sherriff already has had one heck of a camp.