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Cardinals skipping Michael Wacha’s next start for “rest”

Jun 19, 2014, 5:12 PM EDT

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Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha will not make his scheduled start Sunday, but the team says he’s healthy and they’re simply giving the 22-year-old some rest to limit his workload.

Wacha has thrown 90.1 innings through 15 starts, putting him on pace for right around 200 innings on the season. Last year he logged 150 innings between the minors and majors.

His sophomore campaign has been every bit as impressive as his standout rookie season, with Wacha posting a 2.79 ERA and 83/26 K/BB ratio in 90 innings to basically match his numbers in most key categories. He tossed six innings of one-run ball against the Mets last time out, striking out seven batters, and hasn’t topped 100 pitches in a start since May 15.

Here’s hoping it’s just a one-start break and Wacha picks up right where he left off next week. Carlos Martinez, who moved from the bullpen to fill in for Adam Wainwright this week, will now start in place of Wacha.

  1. okwhitefalcon - Jun 19, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    Banking Wacha’s pitches and stretching out Martinez at the same time.

    Giddyup.

    • paperlions - Jun 19, 2014 at 5:35 PM

      Yep, this is a smart use of the available assets….not a 6-man rotation, but skipping guys from time to time to provide a little rest is both a good idea and a good use of the pitching depth…might be even easier to do once Lyons and Kelly are back healthy.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jun 19, 2014 at 7:03 PM

      Yep, they’d said at the start of the season that they might stretch him out. Between whatever Martinez can do, and a 3/4 healthy Jaime Garcia, this helps. Waino, last year, had 250 innings counting postseason, for example.

      • SocraticGadfly - Jun 19, 2014 at 7:04 PM

        Also, if you look at stats from the last 2-3 weeks, Wacha *needed* a turn out of the rotation.

  2. ereed1286 - Jun 19, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    This is what separates Dusty Baker and smart, championship-caliber managing.

  3. aphillieated - Jun 19, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    Thanks :)

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