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Red Sox's Michael Wacha: Expected back next weekend
Wacha (intercostal irritation) will throw a simulated game Monday and is expected to return late next week, Christopher Smith of The Springfield Republican reports.
This would line him up to return either Saturday or Sunday at home against the Mariners. Wacha logged a 1.38 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 19:11 K:BB in 26 innings through five outings earlier this season.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Michael Wacha: Scratched with side soreness
Wacha was scratched from his scheduled start Sunday against the White Sox due to side soreness, Christopher Smith of The Springfield Republican reports.
Per Smith, Wacha underwent an MRI on his side that revealed nothing overly concerning, but because the right-hander has a history of oblique injuries, the Red Sox decided to err on the side of caution and pull him from his scheduled turn through the rotation. Tanner Houck will get the starting nod in the series finale against the White Sox, but Wacha could be ready to go by the time his next turn comes up next weekend in Texas.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Michael Wacha: Goes on IL
The Red Sox placed Wacha on the 15-day injured list Sunday with left intercostal irritation, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
Though Wacha was scratched ahead of his scheduled start Sunday against the White Sox after experiencing side soreness, the Red Sox indicated that an MRI didn't reveal any major injury. Wacha was thus expected to be ready to go for his next turn through the rotation, but given the right-hander's prior history of oblique problems, the club will opt to err on the side of caution by moving him to the IL. With Wacha now unavailable until at least late May, Tanner Houck is expected to serve as his primary replacement in the rotation.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Michael Wacha: Continues hot start
Wacha (3-0) earned the win Tuesday after tossing 5.2 scoreless innings, surrendering three hits and walking two while registering two strikeouts against the Angels.
The 30-year-old came within one out of registering his second consecutive quality start Tuesday, limiting the Angels to just three singles and two walks. The effort was good enough to earn him a win for a third consecutive outing. Wacha has been electric on the mound so far in his first season with the Red Sox, giving up two or fewer runs in all five of his starts. His season numbers now stand at a 1.38 ERA and 0.92 WHIP with 19 strikeouts over 26 innings.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Michael Wacha: Another solid performance
Wacha (2-0) allowed one run on four hits over six innings Wednesday to earn the victory in Toronto. He struck out five and walked two.
Wacha allowed a baserunner in each of the first three innings, but there wasn't any real trouble until the third when he allowed back-to-back singles to open the frame. However, the veteran righty was able to limit the damage and get out of the jam by striking out Lourdes Gurriel on three consecutive pitches. The 30-year-old has posted a 1.77 ERA across 20.1 innings to begin his Boston tenure and has wins in consecutive starts. Wacha's next outing is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday against the Angels.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Michael Wacha: Pitches well in win
Wacha (1-0) allowed two runs on three hits in five innings, earning the victory Friday in Tampa Bay. He walked two and struck out three.
Other than Wander Franco and his two solo home runs, Wacha handled the Tampa Bay lineup well. He threw just 50 of his 82 pitches for strikes but managed to work around his command issues and some shaky defense to earn his first win. After amassing a 5.34 ERA over the last two seasons, the 30-year-old has pitched well in all three starts this season with a 1.88 ERA and has allowed less than one baserunner per inning.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Michael Wacha: Throws five scoreless innings
Wacha allowed a hit and two walks while striking out five in five scoreless innings in Sunday's win over the Twins. He didn't factor into the decision.
Wacha threw 72 pitches during his season debut Monday against Detroit, and he had a slight uptick in his workload by throwing 79 pitches during Sunday's sharp outing. However, he was forced to settle for the no-decision since the Red Sox failed to get on the board until the bottom of the sixth inning. After posting a 5.05 ERA in 29 appearances (23 starts) with the Rays last year, the 30-year-old has allowed just one run in 9.1 innings to begin his time with the Red Sox. Wacha tentatively lines up to face his former team in Tampa Bay on Saturday.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Michael Wacha: Tosses 4.1 innings in debut
Wacha didn't factor into the decision Monday against the Tigers after tossing 4.1 innings of one-run ball, allowing two hits and three walks while fanning four.
Wacha tossed 45 of his 72 pitches for strikes, and while he wasn't especially dominant, he also didn't have many stressful moments. He will try to earn his first win of the season when he pitches next, which lines up for Sunday against the Twins.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Michael Wacha: Ramps up to four innings
Wacha allowed two runs on four hits and struck out one over four innings in Saturday's spring training start against the Rays.
Wacha increased his workload from three to four innings in his second Grapefruit League start, putting him in line to reach five or six by the first week of the regular season. The right-hander has permitted two runs, eight hits and one walk over seven spring innings with just two strikeouts. He's not an elite strikeout guy, but he's better than what he's showed this spring.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Michael Wacha: Named No. 4 starter
Wacha will slot in as Boston's fourth starter, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora confirmed that news Tuesday morning after Wacha worked around four hits to throw three scoreless innings Monday. The right-hander's overall numbers in 2021 -- 5.05 ERA and 4.47 FIP in 29 games (23 starts) for Tampa Bay -- may not entice fantasy managers, but Wacha's final eight appearances tell a different story. He posted a 3.20 ERA and 3.14 FIP to end the season, while holding batters to a .193 batting average and .331 slugging percentage. The difference, he told Christopher Smith of MassLive.com, is that he scrapped the cutter he was throwing in favor of throwing his curveball more often.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Michael Wacha: Joins Boston on one-year deal
Wacha agreed to a one-year deal with the Red Sox on Friday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
Wacha spent 2021 in Tampa Bay and posted a 5.05 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 121:31 K:BB over 124.2 innings. However, he started in 23 of 29 appearances and fared better as a traditional starter with a 4.53 ERA and .740 OPS against him. He should be a back-end rotation piece for Boston in 2022.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Michael Wacha: Finishes regular season well
Wacha threw five shutout innings in a no-decision versus the Yankees on Sunday. He allowed a hit, a walk and a hit batter while striking out two.
The veteran right-hander was locked in for his final start of the season. Outside of allowing six runs in six innings to Toronto on Sept. 15, Wacha was very effective both as a starter and a reliever with 10 runs allowed in his final 30 innings of the regular season. That helped to lower his season ratios to a 5.05 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 121:31 K:BB across 124.2 innings overall. It's still unclear if he'll work as a starter or a reliever during the ALDS.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Michael Wacha: Fires five hitless frames
Wacha did not factor in the decision against Houston on Tuesday despite pitching five hitless and scoreless innings. He allowed two walks while striking out six.
Wacha sat at only 61 pitches through five frames, but manager Kevin Cash chose to pull him and go to the bullpen. The move ultimately failed, as Houston tallied four runs over the final four innings to pull out the victory. Despite the disappointing outcome, it was a superb effort by the right-hander, as he notched his first scoreless outing since late July. Wacha has allowed two or fewer earned runs in five of his past six outings, posting a 3.38 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 34:6 K:BB across 29.1 innings over that span. It's unclear if he'll have a rotation spot or be used out of the bullpen in the postseason.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Michael Wacha: Works in long relief Tuesday
Wacha won't start Wednesday against the Blue Jays after allowing one run on three hits with four strikeouts and zero walks in three innings of long relief during Tuesday's loss.
Wacha was penciled in as Wednesday's probable starter, but he instead covered the final three frames of Tuesday's contest for Tampa Bay. The veteran right-hander will be unavailable for the next couple days, and it's unclear if he'll make any more starts down the stretch after surrendering six runs in his previous start. Luis Patino was pushed up in the rotation to start Wednesday's series finale versus Toronto.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Michael Wacha: Torched by Toronto
Wacha (3-5) took the loss Wednesday, coughing up six runs on seven hits and two walks over six innings as the Rays fell 6-3 to the Blue Jays. He struck out five.
After a handful of solid outings, Wacha turned in a dud. The right-hander served up a three-run blast to Bo Bichette in the first inning and never really recovered, although he was able to hang on for six innings to help save the bullpen a little. Wacha will carry a 5.56 ERA and 109:28 K:BB through 111.2 innings into his next start.... See More ... See Less
|HT/WT: 6-5, 215 lbs|
|Birthplace: Iowa City, IA|
|School: Texas A&M|
|Bats/Throws: R, R|