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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%: 87/4 | Average Draft Position: 64.89
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Michael Wacha may not pitch again this season


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha admitted before Tuesday's game that team doctors told him he might not pitch again this season after discovering a shoulder "fissure," the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Wacha had an MRI and CT scan over the weekend but wasn't cleared to resume throwing Monday. He'll rest for a few more weeks before being re-evaluated. A best-case scenario would find Wacha getting a couple of starts in September, and the pitcher remains optimistic he'll be able to return before the end of the season.


Michael Wacha likely out until early September


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha wasn't cleared to throw Monday after undergoing an MRI and CT scan, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

However, he's progressed enough in his recovery from a stress reaction in his right scapula that he will "ramp up" his pre-throwing program, according to general manager John Mozeliak.

The Cardinals are hopeful Wacha will begin throwing in two weeks. Mozeliak said once Wacha begins throwing, he probably won't pitch in a game until three weeks later. Wacha will likely need a rehab assignment before returning from the disabled list.

"This is positive," Mozeliak said. "This still could put him (pitching for the Cardinals) in early September."


Michael Wacha confident he will be cleared to throw


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha is confident he will be cleared to throw following an MRI on his right shoulder Monday morning, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"I’m definitely looking forward to it," he said. "I’ve been doing the rehab. My arm feels good and hopefully it looks a little bit better. I definitely have high optimism on throwing again this year."


Michael Wacha scheduled for third MRI


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha is scheduled to undergo a third MRI on his injured shoulder on Monday, according to MLB.com. If all goes well, the team will then map out a throwing program in order for him to build some shoulder strength.

Michael Wacha undergoes MRI, still not ready to resume throwing


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha underwent an MRI on his injured shoulder, which showed improvement, but it wasn't enough for him to resume a throwing program, MLB.com reports. Wacha is expected to receive two weeks of rest before the team revisits his injury.

MRI for Michael Wacha set for Monday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2014) Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha will undergo a follow-up MRI Monday, the team announced. 

Wacha was placed on the disabled list last week due to a stress reaction in his right shoulder, and the MRI is to determine the extent of the healing so far. Wacha has been going through shoulder strengthening exercises since he last pitched June 17.

Monday's MRI may give the team a timetable for Wacha's return to action, and he told STLToday.com he already feels stronger thanks to rest. 


Cardinals place two on DL, recall two from Triple-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2014) The Cardinals made it official Monday, placing pitchers Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia on the disabled list due to shoulder injuries.

To take their spots on the roster, pitcher Eric Fornataro and infielder Pete Kozma were recalled from Triple-A Memphis. 

Carlos Martinez will take Wacha's spot in the rotation, but a replacement for Garcia hasn't been named yet.


Michael Wacha lands on DL with shoulder injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2014) The Cardinals announced Sunday starting pitcher Michael Wacha was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a stress reaction in his shoulder, per the Belleville News-Democrat. Wacha allowed one run in six innings to win his last start Tuesday against the Mets, improving to 5-5 with a 2.79 ERA.

Carlos Martinez to start Sunday, with Michael Wacha getting rest


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2014) Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez will make another spot start this week, thought he won't be replacing an injured start this time.

Martinez is starting Sunday against the Phillies, in place of Michael Wacha. The team announced the move Sunday, noting that Wacha is not injured, and the team just wants to give him extra rest in his first full major-league season. 


Michael Wacha strikes out seven in win vs. Mets


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha delivered a win Tuesday, giving up just one earned run on five hits and two walks in six innings and striking out seven in his team's 5-3 victory over the Mets.

Wacha (5-5) surrendered a fourth-inning solo home run, which was his first home run surrendered in the last six starts, but was otherwise excellent in shutting down the Mets. He owns a 2.79 ERA and 83:26 K:BB ratio in 90 1/3 innings. Wacha is scheduled to square off with the Phillies Sunday.


Michael Wacha gives up four runs in loss vs. Rays


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2014) Cardinals picher Michael Wacha was slapped with a loss Wednesday after giving up four earned runs on four hits and four walks with five innings in his team's 6-3 defeat against the Rays.

Wacha (4-5) hadn't given up more than three earned runs in a start since his final postseason outing last year before doing so Wednesday. He failed to record a strikeout for the first time in his career Wednesday one start after punching out just one batter. Wacha owns a 2.88 ERA and 76:24 K:BB ratio in 84 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to take on the Mets Tuesday.


Michael Wacha let down by offense in loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2014) Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha tossed his fifth quality start in a row Thursday against the Royals, but it wasn't enough in a 3-2 loss.

Wacha allowed all three runs in a fateful sixth inning, and that ended up costing the Cardinals the game as the offense stalled out after scoring two early runs. He was charged with three runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out just one on 95 pitches in the loss.

Wacha fell to 4-4 in the tough-luck loss, but still has a sparkling 2.61 ERA. He ranked ninth in the National League in ERA and seventh in WHIP (1.08) heading into his next start, set for Wednesday in Tampa. 


Michael Wacha twirls six shutout innings vs. Giants Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2014) Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha gave up just three hits in six scoreless innings while striking out seven to earn a win in his team's 2-0 victory over the Giants Saturday.

Wacha (4-3) would likely have been called upon to pitch another inning, but a 50-minute rain delay prior to the top of the seventh inning ended his start after 94 pitches. He delivered his second scoreless performance in his last three games, and he still has yet to surrender more than three earned runs in a start. Wacha brings a 2.45 ERA and 75:19 K:BB ratio into Thursday's matchup with the Royals.


Michael Wacha settles for no-decision despite sharp outing


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2014) Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha pitched well enough for the win on Monday, but was not backed by enough run support, settling for a no-decision against the Yankees. The right-hander surrendered three runs on four hits and two walks while striking out two in seven innings of work.

Over his last three starts covering 20 innings, Wacha has allowed only five earned runs. He owns a 2.67 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP through his first 11 starts (67 1/3 innings). He will make his next start Saturday at home against San Francisco.

Michael Wacha (elbow) takes hill Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2014) Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha was able to make his scheduled start Monday against the Yankees. He left his previous start after he hit on the right elbow by a foul ball while sitting in the dugout Wednesday.

Wacha is 1-1 with a 2.63 ERA through four May starts. He has 22 strikeouts in 24 innings in that span.


Michael Wacha on track to make next start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2014) Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha, who was hit on the right elbow by a foul ball while sitting in the dugout Wednesday, said he's on track to make his next start Monday against the Yankees, per MLB.com.

Struck by line drive in dugout, Michael Wacha forced out early


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2014) Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha was the victim of some terrible luck Wednesday, as he was hit on the right elbow while in the dugout.

Wacha was hit by a foul ball on the elbow, and was pulled from the game as a precaution, the team announced. He has been diagnosed with a right elbow contusion, and no further details are known as of this point.

Wacha's injury derailed one of his best starts of the season, as he ha tossed six shutout innings on 88 pitches. He allowed two hit and three walks, while striking out four before exiting with a 1-0 lead.

Wacha's next start is set for Monday against the Yankees, though it remains to be seen if he will be able to take the mound. 


Michael Wacha nails down third win in solid effort


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2014) The consistency that has marked the beginning of the 2014 season for Cardinals young right-hander Michael Wacha continued Thursday against the visiting Cubs.

Wacha gave up three runs or less for his eighth straight start. He yielded just two runs on seven hits in seven innings to raise his record to 3-3. Wacha walked none for the first time in five starts and fanned five. His lone hiccup was a two-run homer to Starlin Castro in the fourth.

His next start is scheduled for Tuesday against Arizona.


Cardinals establish rotation plans following rainout


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2014) With Wednesday's game against the Cubs rained out, the Cardinals are able to push everyone in the rotation back one day.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that will push Jaime Garcia into the rotation in Sunday's spot against the Braves, assuming he gets through his side session Thursday without issue. Michael Wacha will pitch Thursday, followed by Lance Lynn Friday, Shelby Miller Saturday, Garcia Sunday and Adam Wainwright Tuesday against the Diamondbacks. 


Cardinals rained out Wednesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2014) Wednesday's game between the Cubs and Cardinals has been postponed due to rain in the area, and will be made up as part of a doubleheader Aug. 30.

The Cardinals have not announced their plans for Wednesday's starter Michael Wacha, but he could be pushed back to Thursday's series finale. 


Michael Wacha fine after taking line drive Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2014) Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha went through a normal offday workout without issue Saturday, after taking a line drive off his foot Friday.

According to MLB.com, the line drive left a bruise on Wacha's shin, but was not an issue otherwise. He should be able to make his next start Wednesday against the Cubs.  


Michael Wacha lasts only five innings in no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2014) Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha lasted only five innings in a no-decision Friday night against the Pirates.

Wacha survived an early injury scare, taking a comebacker off the ankle. Trainers came to check him out, but he remained in the game. He was charged with three runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out seven in five innings of a 6-4 defeat.

Over his three starts covering 17 1/3 innings, Wacha has allowed eight earned runs. He owns a 2.85 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP with 57:14 K:BB ratio in 47 1/3 innings. He'll make his next start Wednesday at home against the Cubs.

Michael Wacha strikes out nine in no-decision vs. Brewers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2014) Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha surrendered three earned runs on eight hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings while striking out nine Monday, but he didn't factor into the decision in his team's 5-3, 12-inning loss to the Brewers.

Wacha breezed through his first six innings and entered the seventh with a 3-0 lead before striking out the first batter he faced to record what would be his final out. He then gave up a walk and four singles before being removed with a 3-2 lead that would eventually be relinquished in the inning, leading to Wacha being charged with a third earned run. He owns a 2.48 ERA and 44:10 K:BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings going into Sunday's meeting with the Cubs in Chicago.


Wildness costs Michael Wacha after impressive start


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2014) Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha was dominant at times Wednesday against the Mets, but ultimately couldn't corral himself in a 3-2 loss.

Wacha struck out nine batters in his firs three innings of work, and avoided any major damage despite allowing a baserunner in each frame. Unfortunately, early warning signs did not go away, and he melted down in the fourth. He was charged with two runs on two hits and three walks in the fourth inning, his final frame of work.

Wacha struck out 10 in four innings, but also threw 93 pitches thanks to five walks and three hits.  He was charged with two runs as he took the loss, dropping his record to 2-2 through five starts.

Wacha has now dropped consecutive decisions, despite allowing just three earned runs in 11 innings of work. He will try to get back on track in his next start, Monday against the Brewers. 


Bad luck dooms Michael Wacha in first loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2014) Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha pitched well yet again Friday against the Nationals, but got little help in his first loss of the season.

Wacha pitched seven strong innings, and definitely gave his team a chance to win, allowing just one earned run on an early home run. Unfortunately, two unearned runs came around to score in the second, on a wild pitch and then throwing error, and that was enough to cost the Cardinals the game, 3-1.

Wacha struck out seven batters and walked none, his first start without a free pass. He allowed his one earned run on five hits, while watching his record fall to 2-1. He carries a 1.73 ERA into his next start, scheduled for Wednesday against the Mets.