Wacha (knee) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Friday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Wacha is currently on the injured list with left knee patellar tendinitis, though his stay on the shelf is expected to be brief. If everything goes as planned during Friday's mound session, Wacha could be cleared to rejoin the Cardinals' rotation Monday against the Nationals.
Wacha isn't expected to miss more than one start due to left knee patellar tendinitis, David Solomon of 590 The Fan reports. Wacha reportedly hurt his knee during a recent workout. Daniel Ponce De Leon is expected to fill in for him Tuesday against the Brewers, though the Cardinals have yet to confirm their plans.
Wacha was placed on the 10-day injured list with left knee patellar tendinitis Monday. The move is retroactive to Friday, so Wacha is eligible to return April 29 and miss just one start. It's unclear if his absence is expected to be that brief or if he'll be required to miss more time. Rather than calling up someone to fill his rotation spot, the Cardinals recalled utility man Drew Robinson.
Wacha (1-0) allowed two runs on five hits with seven strikeouts and a walk across six innings in a victory against the Brewers on Wednesday. This was a nice bounce-back performance for the 27-year-old, who yielded seven runs and three homers in his last outing. Wacha only induced seven swinging strikes, but he showcased pinpoint control, earning 15 called strikes. Despite pitching very well twice and throwing a complete dud last time on the mound, this was Wacha's first decision of the year. He is 1-0 with a 4.64 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and 24 strikeouts over 21.1 innings. His next outing will be against the Brewers again at home Tuesday.
Wacha surrendered seven runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out three over 3.2 innings Thursday against the Dodgers. He didn't factor into the decision. Wacha never managed to settle down in the series finale, and things really fell apart for him in the third inning when he gave up four runs. Despite exiting the contest down by a pair, the Cardinals would rally and come away with an 11-7 victory, getting Wacha off the hook for the loss. The 27-year-old right-hander now owns a 5.28 ERA with 17 strikeouts over 15.1 frames in his first three starts of 2019.