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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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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

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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

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said there is "a lot of optimism" following Michael Wacha's (shoulder) first throwing session Tuesday since landing on the disabled list.

Obviously the righty has a long ways to go, but both Wacha and the GM were encouraged by how Tuesday's throwing went. He'll slowly ramp up his throwing over the next two weeks before undergoing another MRI to see how the shoulder has responded. The Cardinals are hoping to get Wacha back for a handful of starts next month.
Aug 5 - 7:06 PM

Michael Wacha (shoulder) will begin a throwing program Tuesday.

Wacha was given clearance after undergoing an MRI on Monday. He's scheduled to have a follow-up MRI in two weeks to see how his shoulder has responded to throwing. There's no clear timetable for his return, but the Cardinals are optimistic that he'll pitch in the majors again this season.
Aug 5 - 8:22 AM

Michael Wacha (shoulder) could begin a throwing program next week.

Wacha will undergo an MRI on the shoulder on Monday, and if the results are positive he could begin to throw shortly after. Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak likened Wacha's situation to a pitcher starting spring training, so he's likely still roughly a month away from a return. The Cardinals are hoping the 23-year-old can contribute down the stretch in September.
Jul 30 - 9:42 PM

Cardinals transferred RHP Michael Wacha from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears room on the 40-man roster for the addition of Justin Masterson. It doesn't alter his timetable, as Wacha isn't expected back until September.
Jul 30 - 3:00 PM

An MRI and CT scan taken Monday on Michael Wacha's injured right shoulder showed encouraging results.

That's how Cardinals GM John Mozeliak described the test results to Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The hope is that Wacha will be able to begin a throwing program in two weeks. "This is positive," said Mozeliak. "This still could put him (pitching for the Cardinals) in early September."
Jul 21 - 3:54 PM

Michael Wacha (shoulder) will rest for two more weeks.

An MRI on Wacha's shoulder on Monday showed healing, but not enough for him to begin throwing. The young right-hander is dealing with a stress reaction to the scapula bone in his right shoulder and he remains a major question mark for the second half.
Jul 7 - 5:59 PM

Michael Wacha (shoulder) will undergo an MRI on Monday.

Wacha hasn't had a setback, but rather the Cardinals just want to see how much progress his shoulder has made after nearly two weeks of rest. The right-hander is dealing with a stress reaction to the scapula bone in his right shoulder and the Cards aren't sure how much time he'll miss. Monday's exam could provide a little more clarity.
Jul 4 - 5:08 PM

Cardinals placed RHP Michael Wacha on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder injury.

It's unclear how much time the young right-hander stands to miss, though the good news is that the injury is a bone issue related to his scapula, and not necessarily a huge red flag. Carlos Martinez will continue to hold down his spot in the Cardinals rotation for the foreseeable future.
Jun 22 - 7:18 PM

Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that Michael Wacha will be placed on the disabled list with a shoulder injury.

The Cardinals decided earlier in the week to skip Wacha's next start, though at the time they indicated that there was nothing physically wrong with him. It's unclear at the moment how much time he may miss. Carlos Martinez will continue to pitch in the rotation while Wacha is sidelined.
Jun 22 - 6:34 PM

The Cardinals will skip Michael Wacha's next start.

There's apparently nothing wrong with Wacha, but the Cardinals want to give him a little bit of a breather. This is the perfect time to do it, as Adam Wainwright is slated to rejoin the rotation Saturday and Carlos Martinez can start in Wacha's place on Sunday.
Jun 19 - 5:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2A.J. Pierzynski
3Tony Cruz
1B1Matt Adams
2B1Kolten Wong
2Mark Ellis
3Daniel Descalso
SS1Jhonny Peralta
2Greg Garcia
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Jon Jay
2Peter Bourjos
RF1Oscar Taveras
2Shane Robinson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Lance Lynn
4John Lackey
5Justin Masterson
6Shelby Miller
7Jaime Garcia
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Pat Neshek
3Seth Maness
4Randy Choate
5Sam Freeman
6Jason Motte
7Nick Greenwood
8Carlos Martinez