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Michael Wacha’s shoulder “feels strong” and “alive, really” after starting throwing program

Aug 6, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha took a big step in his recovery from a stress reaction in his shoulder by starting a throwing program Tuesday after six weeks on the sidelines.

Wacha seemed pleased with how things went, telling Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch:

I don’t feel any pain in the shoulder or anything like that. It definitely feels strong. It feels alive, really.

Of course, so far all he’s done is some light throwing off flat ground and Goold reports that the Cardinals “are targeting his return for mid-September and the club intends to ready him as a starter.” In other words, there are quite a few more hurdles to clear before then.

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  1. perryt200 - Aug 6, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    From watching the Cards game last night, Wacha is on the 60 day DL. It is September no matter how you look at it.

    • dfarragut - Aug 6, 2014 at 3:03 PM

      Well, he was placed on the 15-day DL on June 22 (retroactive to June 18), so that plus being transferred to the 60-day, means he could conceivably be activated as early as August 17.

  2. 78mu - Aug 6, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    It’s encouraging to hear he felt fine.

    Of course Garcia said he felt good every time he came off the DL so no one will break out the champagne bottles.

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