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Michael Wacha throws off mound for first time since June

Aug 17, 2014, 11:45 AM EDT

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There are still quite a few hurdles to leap over, but Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha looks to be progressing toward a mid-to-late September return.

According to Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Wacha threw a 30-pitch bullpen session on Saturday afternoon at Busch Stadium, mixing in four or five changeups to a mostly fastball-focused workout. It was Wacha’s first time throwing off a mound since he was shut down in late June because of a stress reaction in his right shoulder.

“It felt good to get back out there on the mound,” the 23-year-old told reporters. “Arm felt great. It was 30 pitches. Pretty light throws but I’m happy with it.”

Wacha, a first-round pick in 2012, owns an outstanding 2.79 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 8.6 K/9 in 155 innings since making his major league debut in mid-2013. He won MVP honors in last year’s NLCS at the age of 22.

  1. SocraticGadfly - Aug 17, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    As with Yadi, a lot of this depends on standings a month from now.

    • perryt200 - Aug 17, 2014 at 12:36 PM

      Yes, but when they are in the hunt; don’t expect to keep Yadi off the field

      • SocraticGadfly - Aug 17, 2014 at 1:10 PM

        As I said, it depends on the standings, and per MontrealKnowledge below, there’s no guarantee of your hopes.

        If the Cards have no shot at the division title by mid-September, they may activte Wacha, but not have him pitch more than a few innings until they know they’re one of the two WCs and go from there.

  2. montrealknowledge - Aug 17, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    All of it is going to come too late and the Cardinals are going to ruin my October because Matheny has problems managing a bullpen.

    • okwhitefalcon - Aug 17, 2014 at 1:10 PM

      Speaking of bullpen…

      Siegrest has been sent down to Memphis and Carlos Martinez has been recalled.

      Martinez to the pen for now although I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s one more horrific Shelby Miller outing away from being back in the rotation.

      I suspect Mo’s looking into a dumpster dive for bullpen reinforcements and bench help if the opportunity presents itself.

      Well, I hope he is….

      • SocraticGadfly - Aug 17, 2014 at 1:11 PM

        Sounds about right. That said, with all the other “tick-tack” bullpen moves other teams have made, how much is left right now?

      • gibbyfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:25 PM

        anyone have any idea what happened to Siegrest this season. Against all odds it seems like lynn has been the only pleasant surprise as far as highly vaunted pitchers from last year.

      • SocraticGadfly - Aug 17, 2014 at 10:41 PM

        Lynn’s going to be an interesting out-years arbitration issue.

        He’s not spectacular, but he’s generally steady (he’s wearing down less in the late season so far this year) and doesn’t get injured.

    • okwhitefalcon - Aug 17, 2014 at 2:16 PM

      No idea what’s out there for either bench and/or bullpen help really.

      Nothing would surprise me at this point, the player underperformance and subsequent roster management has made this a very difficult team/organization to gauge thus far.

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