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Monday, July 21, 2014

Cardinals Injury Update: Michael Wacha making progress

By on 7/21/2014 05:45:00 PM

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha’s injured shoulder is improving, reports Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Wacha last pitched on June 17 after suffering from a stress reaction in his right scapula. He underwent an MRI and CT scan on Monday. The results were “positive” according to general manager John Mozeliak.

The 23-year-old won't be cleared to throw for at least another two weeks, but he will intensify a pre-throwing program beginning on Tuesday. St. Louis hopes to get Wacha back in early September.

Wacha’s injury was a major scare for the Cardinals, as he was outstanding in the 2013 postseason as well as the first two plus months of this year.  Through 24 career regular season starts, Wacha has a 2.79 ERA (3.00 FIP) and a K/9 rate of 8.59.

St. Louis has had to do shuffling in the rotation, as Jaime Garcia was lost for the year and Joe Kelly also spent some time on the disabled list. In addition to getting Wacha back later in the second half, the Cardinals could be in on the David Price sweepstakes. 

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