Mon, 07 Jul 2014 15:08:11 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha (shoulder) showed improvement in his latest MRI, but not enough to warrant throwing. His status will be re-evaluated after two more weeks of rest.
Fantasy Tip: Keep stashing Wacha. He was pitching at an elite level before the injury.
Fri, 04 Jul 2014 15:32:50 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha (scapula) will have an MRI Monday, July 7, to determine if his scapula has healed. He has been going through shoulder strengthening exercises and increasing his calcium and vitamin D intake. "It feels a lot stronger, it's not as tight as it was," Wacha said. "I think we'll have some positive results"
Fantasy Tip: If the injury has healed, Wacha could be cleared to begin throwing. If all goes well, he could begin a rehab assignment in around three weeks.
Sun, 22 Jun 2014 14:39:11 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said SP Michael Wacha (scapula) has a stress reaction in his right shoulder. He's headed to the disabled list, and they'll re-evaluate him. He has been bothered by a shoulder ailment in recent days. A CT scan revealed a stress reaction in his scapula.
Fantasy Tip: Wacha has been pitching like a SP1 all season, so this is a blow to fantasy teams. He's likely to miss at least a month. Carlos Martinez could remain in the rotation until Joe Kelly (hamstring) returns.
Thu, 19 Jun 2014 14:02:07 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha (rest) will have his next start skipped so he can receive extra rest. RP Carlos Martinez will make the spot start for Wacha Sunday, June 22.
Fantasy Tip: This shouldn't be anything to worry about if you own Wacha. Martinez looked good in his spot start this week, but he's probably not worth acquiring for another spot start.
Thu, 22 May 2014 13:56:32 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha (elbow) said he is on track to make his next scheduled start.
Thu, 22 May 2014 08:46:19 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha (elbow) is unsure if he'll be able to make his next start after suffering a bruised elbow after being hit by a foul ball in the dugout Wednesday, May 21. "I think he's going to be fine," manager Mike Matheny said. "It was just tightening up a bit. Yeah, we would have liked to have thrown him back out there for the seventh." Wacha gave up two hits in six scoreless innings during his outing Wednesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Fantasy Tip: Wacha should be fine for his next start. Plan to start him again unless something comes up between now and then.
Wed, 21 May 2014 19:33:00 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha (elbow) was struck on the elbow by a batted foul ball from a teammate Wednesday, May 21, forcing Wacha to leave his start against the Arizona Diamondbacks early. Wacha was diagnosed with a right elbow contusion.
Sun, 11 May 2014 08:10:53 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha (shin) has no bruising or swelling after being struck in the shin with a line drive Friday, May, 9.
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:12:47 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha is using his curveball around 12 percent of the time this year compared to just five percent last season. Wacha is also using his cut fastball more often. He gets plenty of vertical break on his curve, which gives him another potential out pitch. Fourteen of his 93 pitches during his outing Wednesday, April 23, were curves. Wacha's curve has induced a ground-ball rate of 60 percent this year so far.
Fantasy Tip: The risk with putting too much faith in Wacha is that he doesn't have a track record in the majors besides last season. It's encouraging that his repertoire is more diverse, however. Continue to ride him but be wary of some regression.
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:22:27 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha pitched just four innings in his loss to the New York Mets Wednesday, April 23. It was the shortest he has pitched in his career. Wacha struck out 10, but walked five batters and allowed two runs.
Fantasy Tip: Wacha looked downright filthy early, striking out nine through the first three innings. However, his pitch count rose quickly, and he tired.