Updates from Monday, July 21
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:
Wacha's MRI showed improvement in shoulder area but not enough for him to start throwing again. Will revisit after two more weeks of rest.— Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) July 7, 2014
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.
"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:
#STLCards D.L. pitchers Jaime Garcia & Michael Wacha with shoulder injuries. RHP Eric Fornataro & INF Pete Kozma recalled from Memphis (AAA)— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) June 23, 2014
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:
Wacha and Garcia both going on DL with shoulder injuries. #stlcards— Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) June 22, 2014
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:
Wacha will be out at least two weeks. He has been dealing with a stress reaction in his shoulder. He felt tight. #stlcards— Frank Cusumano (@Frank_Cusumano) June 22, 2014
Wacha says he noticed it about 4 or 5 starts ago. He has dealt with soreness before, but not like this. He will rest and rehab it. #ksdk— Frank Cusumano (@Frank_Cusumano) June 22, 2014
Langosch believes this is a crushing development for St. Louis:
Re: Wacha, Garcia injuries, severities not exactly known but doesn't sound like either will pitch for while. Big blow to #stlcards rotation— Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) June 22, 2014
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.