Michael Wacha Injury: Updates on Cardinals Pitcher's Shoulder and Return

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Michael Wacha Injury: Updates on Cardinals Pitcher's Shoulder and Return
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Updates from Monday, July 21

Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch provides a statement from Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak discussing Michael Wacha's recovery:

Wacha underwent both an MRI and CT scan Monday and Mozeliak said the results were encouraging to him.

'This is positive. This still could put him (pitching for the Cardinals) in early September.'

 

Updates from Monday, July 7

Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reported the latest on Michael Wacha's injured shoulder:

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports on when Wacha could return to the Cardinals: 

 

Updates from Friday, July 4

Joe Trezza of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has an update on Wacha's status:

Michael Wacha will rest for the rest of the holiday weekend, and Monday an MRI is scheduled to ascertain the progress his right shoulder has made. 

Wacha, who was placed on the DL on June 24 with a stress reaction in his shoulder, hasn't pitched since June 17 and hasn't thrown a ball since being deactivated.

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"It feels a lot stronger, its not as tight as it was," Wacha said. "I think we'll have some positive results

 

Updates from Monday, June 30

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch provides a statement from Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak discussing Michael Wacha's injury status:

Mozeliak, speaking on behalf of the organization when it comes to medical details, said that doctors saw a positive in that 'the healing has begun.' Rest and urging blood flow to the area will continue to promote recovery. Mozeliak struck one note of caution: 'We don’t know when he’ll be back.'

 

Updates from Monday, June 23

The St. Louis Cardinals confirmed Michael Wacha's move to the disabled list on Monday:

 

Original Text

The St. Louis Cardinals officially placed Michael Wacha on the disabled list after he went down with a shoulder injury.

Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com provided the news on Sunday:

Frank Cusumano of KSDK NewsChannel 5 in St. Louis reported that the 22-year-old has been dealing with a stress reaction for a few weeks but that the pain became too unbearable:

Langosch believes this is a crushing development for St. Louis:

Wacha has been the Cardinals' second-best pitcher in 2014. Although he's only gone 5-5 in 15 starts, his 2.79 ERA is second among the team's starting pitchers, while his 8.3 strikeouts per nine innings are top. So far, Wacha has more than lived up to the hype after his great performances in the postseason last year.

Even with the Cardinals trying to maintain their hold on the second wild-card spot in the National League, shutting down Wacha right now is the only course of action. Pushing young pitchers through pain is never an advisable course of action.

Surely St. Louis will be hopeful that giving the right-hander some time off will help the pain in his shoulder subside and allow him to be ready for the more important games in the second half of the season.

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