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Cardinals may be calling up 2012 first-rounder Michael Wacha

May 26, 2013, 1:40 PM EDT

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The Cardinals have lost Jaime Garcia, Jake Westbrook and John Gast in the past few weeks to arm injuries, and they’re having to take drastic measures to fill all of those rotation openings.

This next move might be the most drastic of all.

According to MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch, right-hander Michael Wacha — the 18th overall pick in last June’s MLB Amateur Draft — is no longer listed as the scheduled starting pitcher Sunday at Triple-A Memphis and might join the Cardinals this week.

Wacha has a stellar 1.71 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 74/19 K/BB ratio in 73 2/3 minor league innings since signing with St. Louis out of Texas A&M University. The tall 21-year-old opened the 2013 season at Triple-A Memphis after wowing the Cardinals’ decision-makers this spring in the Grapefruit League.

Kevin Gausman, another first-round pick (fourth overall) from last year’s draft, just joined the starting rotation in Baltimore. So it’s not an unprecedented jump. The Cardinals, though, would have probably preferred to keep Wacha down in the minors for at least another month for arbitration clock and developmental purposes.

  1. fearlessleader - May 26, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    Meanwhile, other sources are saying it’ll be Michael Blazek coming up from AA. Wacha was ridiculously good in spring training, but the Cards are reluctant to rush him for various reasons; it’ll be interesting to see which Michael ultimately gets the call. My money’s on Blazek.

    • Drew Silva - May 26, 2013 at 2:00 PM

      Blazek was officially called up today to pitch out of the bullpen. He’s been serving as a reliever this year at Double-A. Not a candidate for a start.

      • fearlessleader - May 26, 2013 at 2:11 PM

        Right, sorry. Looks like ALL THE MICHAELS are headed to the big leagues.

      • tanzkommandant - May 26, 2013 at 3:17 PM

        As long as it’s not Cleto, they should be ok.

      • bigmeechy74 - May 27, 2013 at 4:10 AM

        great. I saw your article and thought I was slick by dropping chris tillman for him in my fantasy league. Now I don’t see anything about this guy coming up. False alarm I guess

  2. albertmn - May 26, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    If they are worried about service time, they can always send him down later if he struggles and/or someone else gets healthy. Only a problem on service time if he really lights it up and forces them to keep him up. And, if that happens, most of the other teams wish they had that “problem”.

    • paperlions - May 26, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      …and that really isn’t a problem. Most teams don’t worry about service time so much with pitchers. They know that pitchers only have so many pitches before they get hurt….so most teams will bring pitchers up (especially starters) as soon as they are both ready and needed.

      With respect to Wacha, I am sure they would prefer to give him a bit more time to turn over some lineups in pro-ball before bringing him up…but if they need him and thing he can handle it…they’ll bring him up…the other options at this point are all in the bullpen and could use some time to stretch back out before being ready to go 5+ innings..

  3. clayman98 - May 27, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Reblogged this on STL Sports View.

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