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Michael Wacha not ready to resume throwing

Jul 7, 2014, 11:10 PM EDT

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Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha was shut down two weeks ago due to a stress reaction to the scapula bone in his throwing shoulder and the timeline for his return remains a question mark.

According to Jenifer Langosch and Alex Halsted of MLB.com, Wacha will rest for another 14 days before being re-evaluated. An MRI today showed some healing, but not enough for him to begin a throwing program. Given the unique nature of the the injury, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak would prefer to play things safe.

“Obviously, the best news would have been that he had been cleared to throw,” Mozeliak said. “He’s not there yet, and I think, just taking a very proactive stance on this, this is best for him and his career. I’m sure he’s frustrated and would like to be a little bit ahead of this, but I think this is just in the best interest of him. Hopefully, by the next time we do another MRI, he’ll be clear.”

With Wacha still sidelined and Jaime Garcia headed for season-ending thoracic outlet surgery, the Cardinals are prepared to go into the second half with a starting rotation consisting of Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn, Shelby Miller, Carlos Martinez, and Joe Kelly.

  1. SocraticGadfly - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Goold says at least another month before he’s back. Let’s take the “at least” to mean 2 months minimum, rest of the year a possible: http://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/professional/waiting-game-will-continue-for-wacha/article_ef06cd62-c253-5677-bb9e-22a9bf5ef5b9.html

    • paperlions - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:25 AM

      I think Goold is already applying the necessary public speak multiplier to get from “2 weeks and will be re-evaluated” to “1 month”. Really, with this type of injury and the theory that it may be related to a combination of Wacha’s unique muscular action (which does operate as well as they are supposed to) in the shoulder, they really need to (and hopefully are) studying the problem to try to determine if mechanical adjustments can lessen the negative effects…..otherwise, this may be a reoccurring issue throughout his career. Of course, changing his mechanics may negate his effectiveness….feels like a damned if you do, damned if you don’t scenario.

  2. gibbyfan - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    however long it takes it takes………….hopefully they will take no chances with him because he’s way too young with way too much upside.

    • okwhitefalcon - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:16 AM

      I fully expect a total shut down unless there’s significant improvement in the next 2 weeks, just not a lot of reason for optimism it seems.

      • SocraticGadfly - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:19 AM

        If he’s not ready to be throwing again in 2 weeks, you’re probably right.

  3. bucsmightbegood - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    David Price is available.

    The Cardinals have the prospects to make it happen.

    • paperlions - Jul 8, 2014 at 1:09 PM

      Can he hit? The Cardinal’s pitching is still fine without Wacha, not as good, but fine….what they aren’t doing is hitting…..at all.

      Besides, Tampa is asking for the moon and not willing to negotiate. If they aren’t willing to take Addison Russel for Price (and they weren’t), then they are probably just going to have to keep Price. Yeah, he’s great. But 45 Price starts that will already cost you ~$27M are only worth so much….and hitting talent right now is a lot thinner than pitching talent.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jul 8, 2014 at 1:18 PM

      Yep, the Rays’ clock is ticking … not the clock to July 31, but the clock to March 31, 2015, when he officially becomes a rent-a-player to any team not absolutely sure of resigning him.

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