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Michael Wacha | Starting Pitcher

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (23) / 7/1/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Texas A&M
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Michael Wacha (shoulder) faced live hitters Wednesday for the first time this spring.
"Obviously, nobody’s command is what it’s going to be, but it was a really good day for Michael," said Cardinals pitching coach Derek Lilliquist. Wacha was limited to 19 starts in 2014 due to a stress reaction in his right shoulder and carries lingering question marks into the 2015 campaign. But he'll be hugely valuable if he is indeed over that injury. The 23-year-old boasts a 3.04 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 159/52 K/BB ratio in 171 2/3 major league innings. Feb 26 - 9:10 AM

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Michael Wacha (shoulder) threw a bullpen session in front of Cardinals coaches Friday at the team's spring training complex in Jupiter, Florida.

It was the first time manager Mike Matheny had seen Wacha throw since the 2014 NLCS. "You usually use the term ‘bullish.’ That’s where he is," said Matheny. "That’s where he should be. This kid has something to prove. I know how motivated he is. Michael wants a different season. He just wants to be healthy." The talented young right-hander was limited to 19 starts last year due to a stress reaction in his pitching shoulder and he remains a major question mark for the Cards heading into 2015.
Feb 16 - 10:30 AM

The results from a scheduled MRI on Michael Wacha's right shoulder Sunday came back clean.

The Cardinals set up periodic MRIs for Wacha to have this winter after he dealt with a stress reaction in his shoulder last season. All the exams have come back clean, and the righty has been able to have a normal throwing program this winter. Still, he's an injury risk heading into 2015 given the uncertain nature of the ailment.
Jan 18 - 2:01 PM

Michael Wacha will follow his normal offseason program after an MRI Friday on his right shoulder came back clean.

Wacha missed a large chunk of the season with a stress reaction in the shoulder, but the Cardinals were encouraged by how the MRI looked. "Even the doctors were a little surprised on how that looked," general manager John Mozeliak said. It's good news for Wacha heading into the offseason, but he remains a medical red flag for 2015 since it's an issue that can crop up again.
Mon, Oct 20, 2014 07:51:00 PM

Michael Wacha served up a walk-off, three-run homer to Travis Ishikawa in the ninth inning of Thursday's loss to the Giants.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny put Wacha into an impossible situation. The right-hander hadn't pitched for 20 days and had already warmed up a few innings prior. He was then inserted into a tie game in the ninth inning and was, unsurprisingly, not sharp. Wacha was great when healthy this season but will go into next year with a medical red flag due to his shoulder issue.
Thu, Oct 16, 2014 11:46:00 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny acknowledged Monday that Michael Wacha is an "extra-inning reliever."

Wacha missed a large chunk of the regular season's second half with a shoulder injury and is still rediscovering the feel for his pitches, so the Cardinals have been reluctant to use him in high-leverage situations so far in these playoffs. "Michael gives us definitely some flexibility, and we can use him in a different role, but right now that’s pretty valuable to us knowing that we can be quick (to other relievers), like we were," Matheny told reporters after NLCS Game 2. "It leaves a huge need in case we come back and tie the game."
Mon, Oct 13, 2014 09:58:00 AM

Michael Wacha will pitch out of the Cardinals' bullpen during the NLDS against the Dodgers.

It's hard to disagree with this decision, as Wacha didn't show enough in September to secure a spot in the NLDS rotation. Adam Wainwright will start Game 1 and will be followed by Lance Lynn, John Lackey, and (if necessary) Shelby Miller. Wacha dominated Los Angeles last October en route to winning NLCS MVP, but he dealt with a shoulder injury for much of this season.
Wed, Oct 1, 2014 02:06:00 PM

Michael Wacha surrendered two runs in five-plus innings Friday in a no-decision versus the Diamondbacks.

Wacha was going all out tonight to make his case for a postseason rotation spot. The end result left the Cardinals with no easy decision, as he was neither sufficiently impressive to lock up a job or disappointing enough to pitch himself out of the mix. As strong as Wacha was last October, it'd be hard not to include him. Still, this isn't the Wacha of 2013 that the Cardinals are dealing with.
Sat, Sep 27, 2014 02:21:00 AM

Michael Wacha allowed two runs on six hits over 4 2/3 innings on Saturday.

This was Wacha's first start since September 9th. He's missed large chunks of time this season with a shoulder injury. He allowed two runs on six hits to go with one strikeout and no walks over four and two-thirds innings. The Cardinals pulled him at 78 pitches. You can expect them to stretch him out in his next start in the hopes that he can be a playoff weapon for the team. Despite a mostly lost season, the 23-year-old Wacha remains one of the most promising arms in the bigs. He holds a 3.18 ERA and 1.18 WHIP, to go with a 94/31 K/BB ratio over 102 innings and if he's healthy he could be in for a monster campaign next season.
Sat, Sep 20, 2014 10:56:00 PM

Michael Wacha (shoulder) will return to the Cardinals' rotation Saturday against the Reds.

Wacha reported feeling "great" after a 30-pitch bullpen session on Sunday and then extended himself without issue in another bullpen session Wednesday, so he's been given the go-ahead to pitch this weekend versus the visiting Reds. The 23-year-old right-hander has been battling a shoulder issue since June. The Cardinals want to see what he's capable of before October arrives.
Wed, Sep 17, 2014 05:52:00 PM

Michael Wacha said he "felt great" after a 30-pitch bullpen session Sunday.

The Cardinals decided to skip Wacha's turn in the rotation, but they've insisted it's so they can clean up his mechanics rather than it being a setback with the righty's shoulder. Wacha remains hopeful of rejoining the rotation at some point, though it's not clear when that might be.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 12:30:00 PM

The Cardinals have decided to skip Michael Wacha's next scheduled start on Sunday.

It doesn't appear as if Wacha has had a setback physically, but rather the Cards want him to work on his command before he toes the rubber again. "Asking a lot for a guy to get sharp in September," manager Mike Matheny said. The right-hander could still get in three starts before the end of the regular season as he tries to fine-tune for the playoffs. Marco Gonzales will start on Sunday versus the Rockies.
Fri, Sep 12, 2014 05:52:00 PM

Michael Wacha struggled in his second start coming off the disabled list, giving up six runs -- five earned -- over four innings in a loss to the Reds.

Wacha didn't have much working on this night, giving up six hits -- including four extra-base hits -- and walking three. He was on a pitch count, so the four innings of work weren't unexpected. It will still be a few starts before Wacha has his arm strength back, and until then it's tough to expect to get much from him for fantasy purposes. He'll next take the mound against the Rockies on Sunday.
Tue, Sep 9, 2014 10:50:00 PM

Michael Wacha made his first start since June 17 and pitched well, despite lasting only three innings against the Brewers on Thursday.

Wacha was taken out after throwing 50 pitches, as he had only gotten up to 34 pitches in his only rehab start at Double-A Springfield. He gave up one run on three hits and a walk, and struck out three. Wacha is 6-5 with a 2.80 ERA and an 86/27 K/BB ratio. He'll attempt to pitch deeper in his next start in Cincinnati against the Reds on Tuesday.
Thu, Sep 4, 2014 11:59:00 PM

Cardinals activated RHP Michael Wacha from the 60-day disabled list.

Wacha missed nearly three months with a stress reaction in his throwing shoulder. He will return to the Cardinals' starting rotation on Thursday for the opening of a big four-game set against the Brewers. Wacha made it to just 34 pitches in his one rehab start at Double-A Springfield, so he probably won't go more than four innings in Milwaukee. Marco Gonzales will likely piggyback him.
Thu, Sep 4, 2014 01:07:00 PM

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