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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Cardinals Injury Update: Michael Wacha begins throwing program

By on 8/06/2014 02:30:00 PM

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha began a throwing program Tuesday with a session of light tossing in what's Jenifer Langosch calls "tangible progress" in his attempt to recover from the stress reaction in his right shoulder. Wacha is on the 60-day disabled list, but the Cardinals expect him back in early September.

Langosch reported that Wacha's MRI on Monday "showed continued healing" and called it "what the Cardinals needed to see to start pushing him back toward full activity."

Wacha will have a few more flat-ground sessions, and he has another MRI scheduled for August 18 to check his shoulder's progress. If the results show continued improvement, then he could move toward throwing off the bullpen mounds.

Langosch quoted Wacha discussing his progress and ability to start throwing again. Said Wacha,
"The arm feels great, and it's good to get some positive results back. I don't feel anything in the shoulder. It definitely feels strong, and it feels alive. I'm excited about getting good news and getting started back up here."
The Cardinals expect Wacha back on the mound by early September, but he could start out in the bullpen and work his way back up to starting stamina. However, as Langosch notes, if the bullpen needs the help more, then Wacha will stay there. Getting back at all is Wacha's first goal.

Wacha is 5-5 with a 2.79 ERA and 1.12 WHIP in 15 starts for the Cardinals. He last pitched on June 17, allowing one earned run in six innings.

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