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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Cardinals Injury Update: Michael Wacha could start throwing after Monday MRI

By on 7/31/2014 10:15:00 AM

The St. Louis Cardinals lost on Wednesday in a blowout to the San Diego Padres by the score of 12-1. The loss dropped the Cardinals to 56-50, third in the National League Central. The outcome was uncharacteristic of a pitching staff which is ninth in the Major Leagues in ERA. But the Cardinals offense continues to struggle and is 29th in runs scored. On the injury front, pitcher Michael Wacha is improving and could begin throwing next week, pending the result of an MRI.

Our own Nathaniel Reeves reported on July 21, who last pitched on June 17 after suffering a stress fracture in his right scapula, underwent an MRI and the results were positive.

An update on Wacha, as reported by Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Disptach,is taht he will have another scan taken on Monday in St. Louis. If all goes well, Wacha will start a throwing program with September the target day for his return.

The program will be similar to what a pitcher goes through in spring training. Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak thinks it's possible Wacha could return to the team as a relief pitcher, therefore shortening his rehab.

Wacha, in his second Major League season, was 4-1 with a 2.78 ERA in 15 games last season. This season, Wacha has started 15 games and is 5-5 with a 2.79 ERA.  In 90 1/3 innings, he's allowed only 75 hits and 26 walks, while striking out 83.

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