Wacha (oblique) underwent another ultrasound this week to gauge his progress, but he has still not received clearance to begin a throwing program, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. Wacha sustained his injury June 20 and has been making steady but deliberate progress. General manager John Mozeliak says the team remains "encouraged" about Wacha's healing, yet he's still some time away from activation. The team estimates that Wacha will require a multi-week minor-league rehab stint to build his stamina and arm back up, so he's not expected to return to the rotation until mid-August at the earliest.
Wacha (oblique) will be out until after the All-Star break, Frank Cusumano of KSDK reports. There was an outside shot that Wacha could return to action prior to the All-Star break, but this report indicates that will not be the case. A firm date for Wacha's return remains uncertain, but his timeline will be updated as he crosses hurdles in the recovery process.
Wacha (oblique) is expected to be out multiple weeks after an MRI revealed a "moderate" strain, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports. The Cardinals sent Wacha for an MRI after placing him on the disabled list earlier Thursday. The multi-week timetable puts Wacha's status up to the All-Star break in question, meaning that the Cardinals' thinned-out rotation is taking another significant blow. John Gant was recalled Thursday and could start in Wacha's place Monday.
Wacha (oblique) was put on the 10-day disabled list Thursday. Wacha was diagnosed with a strained left oblique following his removal from Wednesday's game and predictably landed on the disabled list as John Gant was recalled from Triple-A Memphis in a corresponding move. During the outing, Wacha lasted just 3.2 innings and was sent in for an MRI on Thursday, though we haven't received any word on those results at this time.
Wacha (strained left oblique) will get an MRI on Thursday but appears to be headed for a disabled list stint, Mark Saxon of The Athletic St. Louis reports. The strain was severe enough that breathing caused him pain after he came out of Wednesday's game against the Phillies. He gave up three runs (one earned) on six hits and two walks while striking out two in 3.2 innings before leaving with the injury. Manager Mike Matheny said Wacha suffered the injury on the last pitch of this outing, FOX Sports Midwest reports. Saxon alluded to the fact that this injury may have cost Wacha a trip to the All-Star game. The righty has a 3.20 ERA, 71 strikeouts and eight wins in 84.1 innings through 15 starts. Austin Gomber, who is currently in the big-league bullpen, and John Gant, who is in the Triple-A rotation, appear to be the best options currently on the 40-man roster to take Wacha's rotation spot. If the Cardinals want to go with someone not currently on the 40-man, Dakota Hudson would be a fine option.