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Monday, September 1, 2014

Cardinals Injury Update: Michael Wacha begins rehab

By on 9/01/2014 10:45:00 AM

The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Chicago Cubs on Sunday by the score of 9-6 and improved to 73-63 on the season. Although just 26th in the league in runs scored, the Cardinals managed nine runs, led by Matt Holliday, who went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI. Tied for first place in the National League Central, the Cardinals are keeping pace with a pitching staff that has an ERA of 3.66. The staff should get an additional boost soon, as starting pitcher Michael Wacha started a rehab assignment.

Our own Raymond Bureau reported on August 25 that Wacha, who is on the 60-day disabled list with stress problems in his right shoulder, was set to report to Triple-A Springfield to begin workouts and rehab.

An update on Wacha, as reported by Igor Mello of, is that he started a minor-league rehab assignment on Sunday with Double-A Springfield. Wacha allowed only a hit and a walk, with one strikeout in two scoreless innings.  It was the first time Wacha has pitched in a game since going on the disabled list on June 17.

Wacha, in his second Major League season last year, was 4-1 with a 2.78 ERA in 15 games. 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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