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Michael Wacha | Starting Pitcher | #52

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (25) / 7/1/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Texas A&M
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (19) / STL
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Michael Wacha said that he felt no pain in his arm during Wednesday's bullpen.
Wacha has been throwing side sessions this month and is hoping that he has built up enough strength that the recurring shoulder injuries which have bit him in the past are just that, a thing of the past. Said the 25-year-old right-hander, "My arm feels like it's able to move freely and without any pain, and it's working the right way. I'm really happy with the way it's going, the way I'm bouncing back and recovering." With top prospect Alex Reyes set to undergo Tommy John surgery, Wacha's health entering the 2017 campaign is going to be crucial for the Cards. Club general manager John Mozeliak indicated on Tuesday that so long as Wacha can maintain his health, he will likely be in the rotation come April. In 138 innings this past season, he held a disappointing 5.09 ERA. Feb 15 - 4:49 PM
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Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Tuesday that Michael Wacha is likely to be in the team's rotation "if he's physically able."

Top prospect Alex Reyes was sent for an MRI on his elbow on Tuesday and the fear is that he could need Tommy John surgery, so suddenly Wacha appears to be a strong favorite for a rotation spot. The 25-year-old dealt with a recurrence of a shoulder issue last season while struggling to the tune of a 5.09 ERA and 114/45 K/BB ratio over 138 innings. He enters 2017 as a major question mark. Luke Weaver could be an alternative if things go south again.
Feb 14 - 3:39 PM

Michael Wacha lost his arbitration hearing against the Cardinals.

Wacha filed for a $3.2 million salary back in January, but he'll make the $2.775 million figure which was proposed by the Cardinals. The 25-year-old was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter after posting a 5.09 ERA and 114/45 K/BB ratio over 138 innings last season. He appeared to be on the outside looking in for a rotation spot this spring, but that could change depending on Alex Reyes' health.
Feb 14 - 12:58 PM

Michael Wacha requested $3.2 million and was offered $2.775 million by the Cardinals when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

The 25-year-old suffered through a disappointing and injury-plagued 2016 season in which he wound up with a 5.09 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 114/45 K/BB ratio across 138 innings. Arbitration-eligible for the first time, he'll see a nice raise either way from the $539,000 that he earned in 2016. He was projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to earn $3.2 million, the exact figure that Wacha filed for.
Jan 13 - 9:51 PM

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports the Cardinals have "floated" Michael Wacha's name in trade talks.

It's probably not the best time to trade him as Wacha's value is relatively low coming off an injury-plagued 2016 campaign. Wacha's 5.09 ERA this year was easily the worst of his career and the Cardinals have even considered moving him to the bullpen. Unless the Cardinals are really desperate to move Wacha, we doubt that anything will come of these rumors.
Source: Fox Sports
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 08:47:00 PM

Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said Wednesday that Michael Wacha will enter 2017 as a starter.

Wacha had a recurrence of scapular trouble in his right shoulder in early August, and there's been talk that he might never regain the durability necessary to operate as a starting pitcher. But the Cardinals are hopeful that a revised offseason workout plan -- one that will add muscle to Wacha's upper body -- can change the 25-year-old right-hander's long-term outlook. That plan calls for Wacha to put on 15-20 pounds. He remains a big question mark going forward.
Thu, Oct 6, 2016 08:55:00 AM

Michael Wacha lasted just one inning in Saturday's start against the Pirates, surrendering three runs on two hits and a walk.

Wacha punched out one in the short outing. All of the damage came on a three-run homer off the bat of Jung Ho Kang. That was enough for Mike Matheny to give the right-hander the quick hook though and patchwork the rest of the game with the Cardinals bullpen, who ultimately fired eight shutout innings. Wacha finishes his disappointing season with a 5.09 ERA and 1.48 WHIP across 138 innings.
Sat, Oct 1, 2016 04:39:00 PM

Michael Wacha will start on Saturday against the Pirates.

Wacha to this point in September has been used exclusively as a reliever, but the Cardinals will give him another shot in what's obviously a huge game for them. He allowed seven runs over 2 2/3 relief frames Monday and will have a short leash against the Pirates. Jaime Garcia is headed back to the bullpen after another poor start Monday.
Fri, Sep 30, 2016 05:57:00 PM

Michael Wacha gave up three earned runs in the top of the ninth inning Wednesday as the Cardinals were trounced by the visiting Cubs.

Wacha was brought on to finish up a 4-0 loss, and he extended that Cubs lead to 7-0. Jorge Soler singled, Kris Bryant tripled, and then Anthony Rizzo slugged a big home run to right field. Wacha was making his first appearance since early August. He's again having troubles with his right scapula and probably won't be relied on in many high-leverage spots down the stretch.
Wed, Sep 14, 2016 04:34:00 PM

Cardinals activated RHP Michael Wacha from the 15-day disabled list.

Wacha will return to the Cardinals as a reliever after sitting out five weeks following a recurrence of the scapula issue that shut him down in 2014. His stuff actually could play well in the bullpen, assuming he's in decent health (a rather big assumption). This shoulder problem threatens to be a career-long annoyance for Wacha, who was named the 2013 NLCS MVP at age 22.
Wed, Sep 14, 2016 11:50:00 AM

Michael Wacha (shoulder) threw 26 pitches in a bullpen session Monday.

Wacha has been out since early August with a recurrence of his scapula issue, but he feels ready to return to action. "I feel like I can get hitters out, for sure, with the way [pitches] were coming out [of my hand]," said Wacha. "I felt really good out there on the mound. I was throwing it to where I wanted it to be. I was pretty happy with it." He hopes to be activated on Wednesday, but it will be as a reliever.
Mon, Sep 12, 2016 08:42:00 PM

Michael Wacha (shoulder) is scheduled to throw a simulated game Monday.

Wacha has been out since early August with a recurrence of a scapula issue, but he hasn't given up hope of making it back this season. If he does, it will be in a relief role.
Mon, Sep 12, 2016 05:07:00 PM

Michael Wacha (shoulder) resumed throwing from a mound Wednesday.

Wacha said he "felt really happy with the way it went." While bringing the right-hander back as a starter isn't an option at this point in the season, it's possible he could make a return as a reliever. Wacha has been out since early August with a recurrence of his scapula issue.
Thu, Sep 8, 2016 04:52:00 PM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak indicated Sunday that Michael Wacha (shoulder) is unlikely to return this season.

Wacha is expected to resume a throwing program soon, but the Cards are going to exercise caution here after he had a recurrence of the shoulder issue that plagued him back in 2014. "I just don't know if the likelihood of seeing him this year is going to make sense," Mozeliak said.
Sun, Aug 28, 2016 02:11:00 PM

Michael Wacha (shoulder) is expected to resume throwing within the next week.

Wacha is scheduled to undergo a followup MRI in early September to determine how hard he can push in his rehab. The 25-year-old right-hander was placed on the disabled list August 9 with a recurrence of the scapular issue that shut him down in 2014. There are serious lingering questions about his future.
Tue, Aug 23, 2016 10:20:00 PM

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3Chad Huffman
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
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4Eliezer Alvarez
SS1Aledmys Diaz
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3Wilfredo Tovar
3B1Jedd Gyorko
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LF1Randal Grichuk
2Jose Martinez
3Todd Cunningham
CF1Dexter Fowler
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PosRoleName
S1Carlos Martinez
2Adam Wainwright
3Lance Lynn
4Mike Leake
5Alex Reyes
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R1Seung Hwan Oh
2Kevin Siegrist
3Brett Cecil
4Trevor Rosenthal
5Matt Bowman
6Jonathan Broxton
7Tyler Lyons
8Michael Wacha
9Sam Tuivailala
10John Gant
11Miguel Socolovich
12Rowan Wick
13Zach Duke
14Zach Phillips