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Michael Wacha | Starting Pitcher | #52

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (27) / 7/1/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Texas A&M
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (19) / STL
Contract: view contract details

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Cardinals transferred RHP Michael Wacha from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.
Wacha has been out since June with a severe left oblique strain and recently experienced a setback with the injury. He's not going to make it back this season. The move clears a spot for Adam Wainwright on the active roster. Sep 10 - 2:36 PM

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Michael Wacha was scratched from his scheduled rehab start at Triple-A Memphis on Friday due to renewed oblique discomfort.

It's another unfortunate setback for the right-hander who had finally made some progress toward a return to the Cardinals' rotation. He will be reassessed by team doctors in St. Louis. At this stage, it looks unlikely that he'll be able to work his way back before the end of the season.
Sep 7 - 7:34 PM

Michael Wacha (oblique) will make a rehab start on Friday for Triple-A Memphis.

Wacha will reportedly be throwing 40-to-45 pitches in the start, likely going no more than four-or-five innings. He threw a bullpen session last week as he looks to comeback from his oblique injury, and if things go well in this rehab start, he has a chance of joining the Cardinals at some point in the middle of the month. In what role has yet to be determined.
Sep 5 - 11:28 PM

Michael Wacha (oblique) will throw a bullpen session Saturday.

Wacha should resume a rehab assignment next week if all goes well, but it could be difficult for him to be built back up to make multiple starts after he had a setback earlier this week. Fantasy owners shouldn't be holding out hope.
Aug 31 - 5:36 PM

Michael Wacha (oblique) is slated to resume playing catch on Friday and could restart a rehab assignment in the minors next week.

Wacha had a setback Tuesday, leaving his start for Double-A Springfield because of fatigue. Had that outing gone well, he might have rejoined the Cardinals rotation early next week. Instead, his status is very much in doubt.
Aug 30 - 4:39 PM

Michael Wacha exited his rehab start Tuesday night at Double-A Springfield due to fatigue.

There should be more clarification after he is reevaluated on Wednesday. Wacha, who was making his third rehab appearance, allowed five earned runs on six hits over just 2 1/3 innings before leaving with a trainer. He was supposed to get to 75 pitches but only threw 52. The 27-year-old right-hander has been sidelined since early June because of a severe left oblique strain.
Aug 28 - 9:48 PM

Michael Wacha left his third rehab start Tuesday night at Double-A Springfield with a trainer.

Wacha allowed five earned runs on six hits over just 2 1/3 innings (52 pitches) before departing. There should be an update soon from Springfield. The 27-year-old right-hander has been on the disabled list since early June because of a severe left oblique strain. He also has a bad history of shoulder problems.
Aug 28 - 8:25 PM

Michael Wacha (oblique) will make his next minor league rehab start at Double-A Springfield on Tuesday.

In that outing, they'll try to get him up around 75 pitches. If all goes well in that outing, the next step could be a return to the Cardinals' rotation. Wacha has been shelved since suffering a strained left oblique in early June. Before landing on the disabled list, he was 8-2 with a 3.20 ERA and 71 strikeouts across 84 1/3 innings.
Aug 25 - 2:51 PM

Michael Wacha (oblique) will make another rehab start Thursday night at High-A Palm Beach.

Wacha struggled in his first minor league rehab outing with Palm Beach last Saturday, allowing three runs while throwing only 27 pitches. But his oblique held up fine, and if he posts better results on Thursday he will be well on his way to returning to the Cardinals' rotation in early September. The right-hander was 8-2 with a 3.20 ERA and 71 strikeouts through 84 1/3 innings (15 starts) this season with St. Louis when he suffered a left oblique strain in June.
Aug 23 - 1:49 PM

Michael Wacha (oblique) threw 27 pitches in a rehab appearance with High-A Palm Beach on Saturday.

The appearance was the first since he hit the disabled list in late June with a strained left oblique. The right-hander allowed three runs on a hit and two walks, retiring two batters, one via strikeout. He'll have to work his way back to a starting pitcher's stamina, but he's on the right track. He should be back with the Cards some time in September.
Aug 18 - 8:41 PM

Michael Wacha (oblique) is headed to High-A Palm Beach to begin a rehab assignment.

The exact date of his first rehab start hasn't been revealed, but it sounds like it will be in the next few days. Wacha has been on the shelf since late June with a strained left oblique but has been throwing off a mound for the last week with no issues. He will require multiple rehab starts before rejoining the Cardinals' rotation.
Aug 17 - 5:26 PM

Michael Wacha (oblique) could begin a minor league rehab assignment after throwing one more bullpen session.

That bullpen workout will either come Wednesday or Thursday, which means the rehab assignment might start next week. Wacha has been on the shelf since June 21 with a left oblique strain, so he'll probably need at least two outings on the farm to get properly stretched back out. He took part in fielding and batting practice Tuesday without issue. The 27-year-old right-hander held a sharp 8-2 record, 3.20 ERA, and 71 strikeouts through 84 1/3 innings (15 starts) this season with the Cardinals.
Aug 15 - 9:05 AM

Michael Wacha (oblique) threw a bullpen session Saturday.

It's the first time he's thrown off a mound since he strained his left oblique back in late June. Wacha obviously still has a ways to go and doesn't figure to be ready to rejoin the Cardinals' rotation until September.
Aug 13 - 5:39 PM

Michael Wacha (oblique) will resume a throwing program this week.

It will only be some light tossing initially, but it's good to hear that Wacha is finally progressing. He's already missed nearly seven weeks of action and will obviously take a while longer to be built back up before he can return.
Aug 6 - 4:46 PM

Michael Wacha (oblique) has yet to be cleared to resume throwing.

When he does clear that hurdle to resume throwing, it's likely that he'll need a couple of weeks to build up his stamina, plus at least a couple of minor league rehab starts. That means it could very well be mid-to-late August before we see him back on the mound in a Cardinals' uniform, and that's barring any further setbacks.
Jul 13 - 6:12 PM

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