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Mike Matheny on Michael Wacha’s bullpen session: “I was expecting less”

Aug 19, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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Michael Wacha took a big step in his recovery Monday, mixing fastballs and changeups in a 35-pitch bullpen session, and afterward manager Mike Matheny seemed very encouraged when talking to Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch:

I was expecting less. We’re being aggressive, a little more intensity. It looked really close to what we normally would see when he’s out there. It just looked real effortless when the ball was coming out of his hand. He wasn’t trying to hump up and do anything extraordinary. It looked good.

Wacha is two months into his recovery from a stress reaction in his shoulder and Hummel reports that he’ll likely have at least a couple more bullpen sessions before potentially seeing any game action.

So far so good, though.

Wacha, who last started a game for the Cardinals on June 17, had a 2.79 ERA and 83/26 K/BB ratio in 90 innings before the injury to basically duplicate his standout performance as a rookie last season.

  1. missingdiz - Aug 19, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    If he’s really 100% it would be great to have him back in the rotation. Miller’s walking himself to the bullpen or the minors. And the jury’s still out on Masterson.

    • beepbeepbeeplgb - Aug 19, 2014 at 2:00 PM

      i like that you say “the jury is still out on Masterson” because i agree 100%. while he hasn’t been great 3/4 starts. he had the one gem vs miami where he was amazing and has shown flashes of brilliance in the other 3. it’s just been that one break down inning that has gotten to him each game. i still have faith.

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