Fri, 13 Feb 2015 11:25:06 -0800
St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha has a new curve that he throws harder than his normal hump-backed curve, and it includes a higher spin. His release point for the new curve is more extended than in the past, and he's been able to work on consistent release points for all of his pitches this offseason. "That is a testament to his offseason," pitching coach Derek Lilliquist said. "It's clear the work he's done."
Fri, 13 Feb 2015 11:24:31 -0800
St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha (shoulder) threw his fifth bullpen session of the spring Friday, Feb. 13, and he was snapping off tight curves. "I definitely wanted to come into spring training ready to go," Wacha said after his workout. "Obviously, I'm not going full-out bullpen right there. I was real happy with the way the ball was coming out. The way the pitches were looking and coming along. There's still a bunch of work left. It's definitely making good progress." Wacha dealt with a stress fracture in his right shoulder last season. He hasn't had any unusual lack of flexibility or pain this offseason, but the Cardinals plan to ease him in this spring. Wacha will be on a normal throwing program, but the schedule gives the team flexibility if they want to give him more rest.
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:11:30 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha (shoulder) underwent an MRI exam that came back clean last Friday. Wacha is expected to have a normal offseason program after dealing with a stress reaction in his right shoulder.
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:37:28 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha took the loss in Game 5 of the NLCS Thursday, Oct. 16, allowing three runs on two hits in 2/3 of an inning in a relief appearance.
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:00:42 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright will start Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, followed by SPs Lance Lynn, John Lackey and Shelby Miller. SP Michael Wacha will work out of the bullpen.
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:09:58 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha (shoulder) is scheduled to start against the Cincinnati Reds Saturday, Sept. 20. Wacha has a 7.71 ERA in two starts (seven innings) this month. He did enough to convince the team he was ready to return in his bullpen session Wednesday, Sept. 17.
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:57:27 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha (scapula) recovered well from an intensive bullpen session Sunday, Sept. 14, and will throw another Wednesday, Sept. 17. The team will determine later in the week if he's fit to return to game action, but there is no timetable for his return. Wacha could start, relieve or not pitch at all this season. The team has suggested that starting is less taxing for Wacha than pitching in relief.
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:13:49 -0700
Updating an ongoing story, St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha (shoulder) is not going to be shutdown, according to manager Mike Matheny. Matheny noted the focus is on getting Wacha sharp and cleaning up his delivery.
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:56:47 -0700
Updating a previous report, St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Thursday, Sept. 11, but did not feel right about his mechanics. Manager Mike Matheny noted it is difficult for anyone to get sharp this late in the season.
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:41:31 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha's (shoulder) start Sunday, Sept. 14. Manager Mike Matheny said Wacha did not look right. SP Marco Gonzales will pitch in place of Wacha Sunday.