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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) 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. Sep 17 - 5:52 PM

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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.
Sep 14 - 12:30 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.
Sep 12 - 5:52 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.
Sep 9 - 10:50 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.
Sep 4 - 11:59 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.
Sep 4 - 1:07 PM

Michael Wacha (shoulder) will return to the Cardinals' starting rotation Thursday versus the Brewers.

Wacha threw only 34 pitches in his rehab debut on Sunday at Double-A Springfield, so he'll have to be piggybacked in his return to the Cardinals on Thursday in Milwaukee. The 23-year-old right-hander has been on the shelf since late June because of a stress reaction in his shoulder. He owns a fantastic 2.79 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 148/45 K/BB ratio in 155 career major league innings and should provide the Cards with a huge boost for the stretch run.
Sep 2 - 5:20 PM

Michael Wacha (shoulder) tossed two scoreless innings Sunday in his rehab debut at Double-A Springfield.

Wacha was sharp, yielding only a hit and a walk while throwing 24 of his 34 pitches for strikes. The minor league seasons are ending, so it's unclear what the plan is next for the 23-year-old right-hander. He's on track to rejoin the Cardinals' starting rotation around the middle of September.
Sep 1 - 11:15 AM

Michael Wacha (shoulder) has been cleared to make his first rehab start Sunday at Double-A Springfield.

Wacha tossed a successful simulated game on Wednesday afternoon and is now ready to face live-game competition. The 23-year-old right-hander could be back in the Cardinals' starting rotation around the middle of September. He has been out since June 22 because of a stress reaction in his throwing shoulder.
Aug 27 - 4:04 PM

Michael Wacha (shoulder) will report to Double-A Springfield to throw live batting practice on Wednesday.

Wacha has impressed in his recent bullpen sessions and is now ready for his latest test. The Cardinals are still holding out hope that he'll be able to help the team in September.
Aug 25 - 4:52 PM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Wednesday that Michael Wacha (shoulder) could begin a minor league rehab assignment within two weeks.

Wacha has progressed to throwing bullpen sessions and Cardinals manager Mike Matheny noted earlier this week that the workouts so far have "looked real effortless." The young starter has been on the shelf since June because of a stress reaction in his right shoulder. He's on track to rejoin the Cards around mid-September, though there are still many more hurdles to clear.
Aug 20 - 4:28 PM

Michael Wacha (shoulder) threw a 35-pitch bullpen session Monday what Cardinals manager Mike Matheny estimated at 75-80 percent intensity.

"It just looked real effortless as the ball was coming out of his hand," Matheny said. "He wasn't having to pump up or do anything extraordinary. It looked good." Wacha will increase the intensity for his next bullpen session on Wednesday. The Cardinals haven't officially set a timetable for the righty's return, but the feeling is that they're targeting mid-September.
Aug 18 - 9:54 PM

Michael Wacha (shoulder) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session on Saturday.

It wasn't a max-effort workout, but Wacha felt good and continues to progress toward a mid-September return. He has been out since June 22 with a stress reaction in his right shoulder. The Cardinals would love to have the 23-year-old back for the postseason.
Aug 16 - 5:56 PM

Michael Wacha (shoulder) has increased the distance of his flat-ground throwing to 120 feet.

The young starter is making progress in his recovery from a stress reaction in his right shoulder, but the true test will come in a week or so when he tries pitching off a mound. Wacha has been out since June 22. The hope is that he will be back in the Cardinals' rotation around mid-September, but it's hard to set an exact timetable for this type of injury. Wacha, 23, owns a 2.79 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 148/45 K/BB ratio through his first 155 major league innings.
Aug 11 - 8:49 AM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals are targeting mid-September for Michael Wacha's (shoulder) return.

It's obviously not a hard-and-fast timetable, as Wacha only began light throwing on Tuesday. The Cards also could potentially bring him back as a reliever if he's unable to build up his stamina in time, but the plan for now is for Wacha to return as a starter. Wacha is nursing a stress reaction of his right scapula and noted Tuesday that he'll have to maintain a strengthening program "for the rest of my career."
Aug 6 - 10:41 AM

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