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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%: 79/3 | Average Draft Position: 64.77
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Michael Wacha to begin rehab Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4:49 pm ET) 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.


Michael Wacha might throw off a mound after next MRI


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha (shoulder) has had no setbacks in the early stages of his return-to-pitching program, according to MLB.com. Wacha has not yet progressed to throwing off a mound, but it might happen after he undergoes another MRI Aug. 18.

MIchael Wacha to resume throwing Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha has been cleared to begin throwing, after an MRI taken on his right shoulder showed considerable signs of healing since he was shut down.

Wacha had the MRI taken Monday, and is scheduled for a follow-up in two weeks to determine how his shoulder is responding to the increase in activity. Wacha has been sidelined since June 17 due to a stress reaction in the right shoulder, and general manager John Mozeliak told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he thinks Wacha might be able to pitch again this year.

"At the end of the day, it's whether you do or you don't," said Mozeliak. "But 'optimism' is a fair word right now."


Michael Wacha to undergo MRI Monday, could throw soon


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha will undergo an MRI on his injured shoulder Monday, and if the tests go how the team expects, he'll begin a throwing program soon after, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Wacha is eyeing a return to the team in September, and while he could come back as a reliever, general manager John Mozeliak "has a feeling" he'll return as a starter. His role for the remainder of the season will be determined by whatever the team believes is best for his long-term health.


Michael Wacha switched to 60-day DL


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Cardinals shelved pitcher Michael Wacha has been moved to the 60-day disabled list to make room on the roster for fellow right-hander Justin Masterson.

Wacha could be out for the season with a shoulder injury.


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.