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52 Michael Wacha SP
Height/Weight: 6-6/210 | Birthdate: 7/1/1991 | Birthplace: Iowa City, IA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: St. Louis | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 77/23 | Average Draft Position: 85.27
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Cardinals' Michael Wacha encouraged after throwing BP


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2015) Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha felt good after tossing batting practice on Wednesday, according to MLB.com.

Wacha said he's "definitely where I need to be" following the session. The 23-year-old missed time due to shoulder issues last season, but said he hasn't experienced any pain since he was activated from the disabled list in September. 

Wacha has happy to finally throw with some hitters in the box. It's good to get back on the mound and face hitters again," he said. "I think you get a little bit more adrenaline going. It's closer to games, obviously, and definitely a step in the right direction."

Last season, Wacha posted a 3.20 ERA over 107 innings. 


Cardinals SP Michael Wacha not having any shoulder issues


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/17/2015) Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha threw a bullpen session Tuesday, with pitching coach Derek Lilliquist, manager Mike Matheny and general manager John Mozeliak all watching, per MLB.com. 

Wacha got to show the Cardinals brass that he is doing well after being limited to 19 starts in 2014 due to a stress reaction in his shoulder.

"I don't have any of that feeling in the shoulder area," Wacha said. "I'm real happy with everything, the way everything is coming out, the way the arm feels throughout the whole 'pen. Hopefully I'll just keep building off of each bullpen, getting a little more command of each pitch each time out.

"It's a pretty rare injury, and a lot of people don't know how it happened or how to fix it rehab wise. I'm continuing to get stronger, and hopefully I'm building the muscles around the injury to where it doesn't happen again."


Cardinals SP Michael Wacha throws fifth bullpen session Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/13/2015) Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha threw his fifth bullpen session of the spring Friday and first since he arrived at the team's spring complex in Florida, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“I definitely wanted to come into spring training ready to go,” Wacha said. “Obviously, I’m not going full-out bullpen right there. I was real happy with the way the ball was coming out. The way the pitches were looking and coming along. There’s still a bunch of work left. It’s definitely making good progress.

“The ball is coming out right, and I’m happy with that. I want to continue to get stronger during spring training, getting all of those pitches back, getting the command down. I felt good. I feel strong when I’m on the mound. The arm has been bouncing back, well, something that I’m really happy with at this point. Everything has been going well.”


Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha ready to get back on the mound


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/18/2015) Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha is ready to get back on the field. Mostly because he's been asked about his status "just a couple million times," according to The Associated Press.

With the Cardinals expecting Wacha to be able to handle a larger role on the pitching staff this season, the 23-year-old said Sunday he is optimistic he can handle it.

"Everything's been feeling good this offseason with my workouts, my training, my throwing program," Wacha said. "It's an exciting time for sure, feeling good and strong and excited about spring training coming up."

Wacha was restricted near the end of the season with a shoulder injury, which allowed him to make just four starts and last longer than five innings once. He also gave up the game-winning home run to the Giants in the NLCS.

"I wanted to be out there in that situation," Wacha said. "As a competitor, that's when you want to be out there, when the game's on the line and everyone's depending on you."


Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha cleared to begin throwing


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/18/2015) After an MRI revealed that his shoulder has healed properly, Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha has been cleared to start throwing, reports the Belleville News-Democrat.

Wacha dealt with a stress reaction in his right shoulder toward the end of the 2014 season. In 2014, Wacha went 5-6 with a 3.20 ERA.


MRI on Michael Wacha's shoulder comes back clean


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) An MRI on the injured shoulder of Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha came back clean, MLB.com reports.

Wacha has been dealing with a stress reaction in his right shoulder, but he is expected to follow his normal offseason program. "Even the doctors were a little surprised on how that looked," general manager John Mozeliak said.


Matheny: Michael Wacha relegated to extra-innings role


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/13/2014) Cardinals manager Mike Matheny indicated Sunday that pitcher Michael Wacha is set to be used in an extra-innings role if needed, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

"Michael gives us definitely some flexibility, and we can use him in a different role, but right now that’s pretty valuable to us knowing that we can be quick (to other relievers), like we were," Matheny said. "It leaves a huge need in case we come back and tie the game."

Wacha missed more than two months during the regular season due to a stress reaction in his right shoulder. He didn't warm up while Game 1 starter Adam Wainwright struggled in the middle innings, and he didn't begin to warm up during the team's Game 2 win until the game appeared it would head into extra innings before Kolten Wong smacked a walkoff home run. Wacha could end up not logging any innings this postseason if the team remains committed to saving him for a potential extra-innings scenario.


Cardinals announce rotation for NLDS


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) Cardinals manager Mike Matheny announced the team's rotation for NLDS against the Dodgers. Adam Wainwright will pitch in the series opener, and he will be followed by Lance Lynn, John Lackey and Shelby Miller.

Michael Wacha will be pitching out of the bullpen for St. Louis.


Michael Wacha not working with his best changeup


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/23/2014) Michael Wacha recovered well enough from Saturday's start against the Reds to get another turn in the rotation, as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that he will face the Diamondbacks this weekend.

However, in the three starts Wacha has made since returning from time missed due to a stress fracture in his right shoulder, he has not had his usual success in employing his changeup. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny acknowledged that Wacha is having to rely on his other offerings, telling the Post-Dispatch, "For him to be able to try to pitch without what is normally his No. 1 weapon and hold a team down like he did takes some adjustment. He’s getting better."

According to BrooksBaseball.net, Wacha got swings-and-misses on 16.9 percent of his changeups in 15 starts prior to his disabled list stint. In the three starts since, he has induced only one whiff out of 21 changeups (4.8 percent).


Michael Wacha fails to go five innings Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha failed to go five innings Saturday against the Reds.

Wacha allowed two runs on six hits over 4 2/3 innings. He struck out one and did not issue any walks during the outing. Wacha got off to a solid start, tossing three scoreless innings to open the game. He gave up his first run in the fourth inning. After a leadoff single advanced to second on a wild pitch, Brandon Phillips managed to knock the run home with a single. A leadoff single again came around to score in the fifth inning after Kristopher Negron doubled. Wacha was replaced after giving up the hit.

Wacha didn’t go five innings, so he wasn’t eligible for the win. He picked up a no-decision, and will take on the D-Backs in his next start.


Michael Wacha set to return Saturday vs. Reds


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha is scheduled to start Saturday's game against the Reds, MLB.com reports.

Wacha was scratched from his previously scheduled start last Saturday, with his manager indicating that the pitcher didn't look right after missing three months with shoulder issues. Wacha owns a 3.14 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 89:30 K:BB ratio in 97 1/3 innings.


Michael Wacha still thinks he can return


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha, who was scratched from Saturday's start because he didn't feel right, threw about 30 pitches in a bullpen session Sunday and felt great, according to Fox Sports Midwest. He still hopes to return to the rotation before season's end, but manager Mike Matheny isn't so sure.

"This is a young player where we had something going, missed a couple of months and all those are reasons for us to once again pause and just kind of take our time, make sure everything looks right before moving forward," Matheny said.

Wacha has made two starts in September after missing all of July and August with a stress fracture in his right shoulder.


Michael Wacha now a no-go for Saturday start


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha has been scratched from the Saturday start against Colorado. Marco Gonzales is set to pitch instead.

"He doesn't look right," Mike Matheny told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about Wacha.

Wacha is coming off a poor outing against Cincinnati in which he surrendered five earned runs in four innings. He has made just two starts since returning from a shoulder injury that sidelined him for nearly three months.


Michael Wacha blasted in loss vs. Reds Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha took a loss Tuesday, allowing six runs (five earned) on six hits and three walks in four-plus innings while striking out three in his team's 9-5 defeat against the Reds.

Wacha (5-6) surrendered a two-run home run in the first inning and an RBI double to the opposing pitcher in the fourth. He then put the first three guys of the fifth on base, with one reaching on an error, before exiting the game. Wacha owns a 3.14 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 89:30 K:BB ratio in 97 1/3 innings. He'll look to bounce back Sunday against the Rockies.


Michael Wacha gets yanked after three innings


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha lasted only three innings in his first start back from the disabled list on Thursday against the Brewers in Milwaukee. He allowed one run on three hits and one walk while striking out three in a 3-2 victory.

Wacha has allowed just two earned runs over his last nine innings pitched for the Cardinals. He owns a 2.80 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP over 16 starts (93 1/3 innings). His next start will come Tuesday at Cincinnati.

Michael Wacha brought off DL ahead of start


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2014) The Cardinals activated pitcher Michael Wacha from the 15-day disabled list Thursday, ahead of his return to the rotation against the Brewers.

Wacha is expected to make his first start since mid-June Thursday, after recovering from a shoulder injury. He will likely be on a pitch count Thursday, and could be piggy-backed by another starter if he goes short. 


Michael Wacha to return to rotation Thursday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha will return to the Cardinals' rotation Thursday, manager Mike Matheny told reporters Tuesday.

Wacha, who has been out since mid-June with a shoulder injury, will start Thursday against the Brewers, after making just one rehab appearance. He threw 34 pitches for Double-A Springfield, and will likely be on a pitch count for at least his first game.

Wacha had a 2.79 ERA and 5-5 record in 15 starts prior to suffering the injury. 


Cardinals deciding next step for Michael Wacha


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) The Cardinals remain undecided on whether to have pitcher Michael Wacha make another rehab appearance during the Triple-A playoffs or rejoin the Cardinals, MLB.com reports.

Wacha threw 34 pitches in his rehab start with Double-A Springfield Monday, giving up one hit and one walk during two scoreless innings. "Very good," manager Mike Matheny said of Wacha. "He had good velocity, was efficient, got quick outs and located everything well."

If Wacha were to pitch with the Cardinals later in the week, he would be on a limited pitch count as he continues to rebuild arm strength. The pitcher has been sidelined since June 17 with a shoulder issue.


Michael Wacha tosses two innings in first rehab appearance


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2014) Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha began a minor-league rehab assignment Sunday with Double-A Springfield. Wacha got the start and allowed only one hit and one walk while striking out one over two scoreless innings of work. He's been out since June 17 due to a shoulder issue. Wacha has a 2.79 ERA over 90 1/3 innings.

Michael Wacha, Jason Motte set to pitch Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2014) The Cardinals announced Sunday reliever Jason Motte (back) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Springfield. He will pitch in the same game as starting pitcher Michael Wacha, who also begins a rehab assignment with Springfield Sunday.

Michael Wacha to begin rehab Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha will begin his rehab assignment Sunday, according to St. Louis Baseball Weekly.

Wacha will make his start for the team's Double-A affiliate in Springfield. He's been out since June 17 due to a shoulder issue. Wacha has a 2.79 ERA over 90 1/3 innings. 


Michael Wacha to throw live batting practice on Wednesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha is scheduled to join Double-A Springfield to throw live batting practice on Wednesday, MLB.com reports. It remains to be seen how many sessions he'll need before starting a minor-league rehab assignment.

Michael Wacha could begin rehab assignment soon


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha could begin a rehab assignment in a week or so, according to KMOX.

General manager John Mozeliak told the station that Wacha feels great and is taking steps to return soon. He added that he wouldn't be surprised if Wacha went on a rehab assignment in about two weeks. 


Michael Wacha throws 30-pitch bullpen session Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha threw 30 pitches in a bullpen session Saturday, St. Louis Baseball Weekly reports.

"I don’t know what percentage it was, but it wasn’t full speed or anywhere near it," said Wacha. "It was just first time back on the mound, getting a feel for the mound and the mechanics, as well."

Wacha, who threw fastballs and changeups in the session, is scheduled for a medical evaluation Monday. His next step will likely be determined by that doctor's visit, but he's likely in line for a few more bullpen sessions before potentially going out on a rehab assignment.


Is that stashed superstar really worth the wait?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/12/2014) So you're at the point, with the season winding down, where you have to win at all costs. Seems straightforward enough. The only problem is your bench is overflowing with players you can't actually use -- ones that are injured but too valuable to drop, like Brett Lawrie, Brandon Phillips, Adam Eaton, Michael Wacha, Paul Goldschmidt, Yadier Molina, Ryan Zimmerman, Joey Votto, Carlos Gonzalez or Masahiro Tanaka.

Or maybe your albatross isn't injured but just doesn't inspire much confidence right now, like Pedro Alvarez, Justin Verlander or Mike Minor.

I've got news for you: This late in the year, when winning is paramount, you can consider dropping them. Granted, it shouldn't be the goal because the competition can only benefit from whatever you forfeit, but sometimes, it's your only choice.

I break it down player-by-player in my latest post to the Fantasy Baseball Today blog, so if you could a little assistance with that season-shifting dilemma, be sure to check out.