St. Louis Cardinals press release
The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to today’s (Wednesday’s) game that they have activated right-handed pitcher Michael Wacha (right shoulder inflammation) from the 15-day disabled list. Wacha, 25, had missed 32 games since going on the disabled list August 9 following his most recent start on August 8 vs. Cincinnati.
Wacha is 7-7 with a 4.45 ERA in 23 games started (131.1 IP) this season, winning each of his last five decisions dating to June 22.
The 2013 National League Championship Series MVP and 2015 National League All-Star is 33-21 with a 3.55 ERA in 87 career games (81 starts). He’s made six career regular season relief appearances, all in 2013, and was also used in relief in Game 5 of the 2014 NLCS, suffering the series-ending defeat.
Brian Walton’s take
The transaction itself was expected. What is unclear, however, is Wacha’s health and true ability to contribute down the stretch for a Cardinals club that is in a dog fight for a wild card berth. If he can pitch effectively in short bursts, it could provide a big lift to a busy relief corps led by Seung-hwan Oh, who has been out the last five days with a sore groin.
Former closer Trevor Rosenthal may be the next to come off St. Louis’ disabled list, potentially followed by outfielder Matt Holliday.
With Wacha’s activation, St. Louis’ active roster is now up to 34 players, including 17 pitchers. Mike Leake (September 7) and shortstop Aledmys Diaz (September 13) were the most recent Cardinals to come off the DL prior to Wacha.
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