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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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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. Nov 19 - 8:47 PM
Source: Fox Sports

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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.
Oct 6 - 8:55 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.
Oct 1 - 4:39 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.
Sep 30 - 5:57 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.
Sep 14 - 4:34 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.
Sep 14 - 11:50 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.
Sep 12 - 8:42 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.
Sep 12 - 5:07 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.
Sep 8 - 4:52 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.
Aug 28 - 2:11 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.
Aug 23 - 10:20 PM

Cardinals GM John Mozeliak acknowledged Tuesday that Michael Wacha (shoulder) is experiencing a recurrence of the scapular issue that sidelined him in 2014.

Mozeliak said he's unsure whether the 25-year-old right-hander will be able to return this season and also admitted that Wacha's role as a 200-inning-per-year starter might have to be revisited this winter. It's been a sad fall from grace for the 2013 NLCS MVP. Top pitching prospect Luke Weaver will take over Wacha's rotation spot this weekend at Wrigley Field. St. Louis has also promoted top pitching prospect Alex Reyes.
Aug 9 - 5:12 PM

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

Wacha was lit up for four runs over just five innings Monday by the lowly Reds, watching his season ERA rise to 4.45. He's had serious shoulder problems in the past and there is no current timetable for his return. Top prospect Alex Reyes is replacing him.
Aug 9 - 4:04 PM

Michael Wacha gave up four runs over just five innings but escaped with a no-decision in Monday's 5-4 comeback win over the Reds.

Wacha wasn't locating in this one, walking four batters against just three strikeouts to go along with six hits. The right-hander has mostly pitched well since the beginning of June, although he's gone just five frames in two straight and hasn't been getting many swings and misses of late. He has a tough matchup against the Cubs at Wrigley this weekend.
Aug 9 - 12:27 AM

Michael Wacha yielded two runs in five innings Wednesday in a victory over the Reds.

It's the Michael Wacha special; he's allowed two or three earned runs in eight straight outings, though he hasn't completed seven innings in any of those. Ironically, his one loss since June 1 came in his very best outing; he pitched 7 2/3 innings of one-run ball against the Rangers on June 17, but Texas prevailed 1-0. Wacha will take a 7-7 record and 4.35 ERA into a rematch with the Reds next week.
Aug 3 - 11:29 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Carson Kelly
3Alberto Rosario
1B1Matt Carpenter
2Matt Adams
3Chad Huffman
2B1Kolten Wong
2Jedd Gyorko
3Breyvic Valera
4Eliezer Alvarez
SS1Aledmys Diaz
2Edmundo Sosa
3Wilfredo Tovar
3B1Jhonny Peralta
2Greg Garcia
LF1Tommy Pham
2Jose Martinez
3Todd Cunningham
CF1Randal Grichuk
2Magneuris Sierra
RF1Stephen Piscotty
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Carlos Martinez
2Adam Wainwright
3Lance Lynn
4Mike Leake
5Alex Reyes
6Michael Wacha
7Luke Weaver
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Seung Hwan Oh
2Kevin Siegrist
3Trevor Rosenthal
4Matt Bowman
5Tyler Lyons
6Jonathan Broxton
7Miguel Socolovich
8Sam Tuivailala
9Mike Mayers
10John Gant
11Rowan Wick
12Zach Duke
13Zach Phillips