Wacha has a clear path to a rotation spot after Noah Syndergaard was diagnosed with a torn UCL on Tuesday, Jim Bowden of The Athletic reports.
Syndergaard will undergo Tommy John surgery and will miss the entirety of the 2020 season. Wacha had looked like potentially the odd man out in a battle with Rick Porcello and Steven Matz for the Mets' final two rotation spots, but all three should now be expected to win jobs.
Wacha is already showing his typical midseason velocity, sitting 92-94 mph with his fastball Sunday and touching 95, Ken Davidoff of The New York Post reports. "I think in the spring, usually it's a tick lower than when I'm in the regular season," the 28-year-old said after the game. "In the regular season, I'm usually from [ninety]-two to -four, touch -five a little, -six every now and then. Right now, I just know it's coming out nice and feeling good."
The right-hander has made 30 starts only twice in the last five seasons, and his erratic track record forced him to sign an incentive-laden one-year deal with the Mets this winter. Wacha worked to correct some mechanical issues during the offseason in addition to improving his overall fitness, however, and the results have been positive so far. "Just trying to stay through the ball a little more," he said. "I had gotten a rough patch in my mechanics where I was pulling off on my left side. Probably showing the ball a little bit early. Not really fluid mechanics from what I was used to. Just watched quite a bit of video this offseason to get back to where I needed to be. Definitely made the right changes." Wacha is in a spring battle with Steven Matz and Rick Porcello for the final two spots in the Mets rotation.
Wacha agreed to a one-year, $3 million contract with the Mets on Wednesday, Buster Olney of ESPN reports.
Wacha suffered a right shoulder strain in September that caused him to miss the Cardinals' postseason games, but he will likely perform as a back-end starter in the Mets' bullpen, pending a physical. The 28-year-old posted a 4.76 ERA with a career-worst 1.56 WHIP over 126.2 innings last season, but he has shown to be an effective starter in prior seasons.
Wacha (shoulder) tossed a two-inning, 40-pitch simulated game Tuesday in Washington, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Wacha ultimately wasn't activated before the end of the season after the Cardinals' playoff run concluded Tuesday, when the Nationals finished off a four-game sweep in the NLCS. That said, the right-hander's ability to face hitters suggests he'll be in store for a fairly normal offseason. An unrestricted free agent this winter, Wacha should be able to find work as a back-end starter, though it's unclear how much interest the Cardinals might have in retaining him.
Wacha (shoulder) is not on the Cardinals' ALCS roster.
St. Louis will use an unchanged roster from the one that beat the Braves in the NLDS. Wacha has been throwing recently as he works his way back from a shoulder strain, but he's evidently still not ready to go.
Wacha (shoulder) likely won't be on the roster for the National League Championship Series against the Nationals, Jeff Jones of MLB.com reports.
Wacha threw a bullpen session Wednesday, but manager Mike Shildt indicated Thursday that the team will likely keep the same roster for the NLCS as it used in the NLDS. The right-hander could return if the Cardinals advance to the World Series if he feels healthy enough. Wacha suffered a mild right shoulder sprain Sept. 25.
Wacha (shoulder) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Wednesday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Wacha won't be ready to pitch in relief Wednesday in a win-or-go-home game against the Braves, but he looks like he'll be ready to contribute if the Cardinals advance to the NLCS. The right-hander has been idle since suffering a mild right shoulder strain in his last start of the regular season back on Sept. 25.
Wacha (shoulder) was feeling less soreness in his shoulder Saturday but still isn't slated to throw for several more days, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
Wacha is getting plenty of down time over the next several days while performing some light workouts and receiving treatment. The right-hander reported feeling less tightness and soreness overall as compared to Wednesday, when he first began feeling discomfort before his start against the Diamondbacks. Wacha's potential availability for the postseason won't gain any appreciable degree of clarity until he begins throwing again later in the coming week.
Wacha was diagnosed with a right shoulder strain and won't be throwing for at least a few more days, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
Wacha had the diagnosis confirmed by an MRI on Thursday and while he appears to have avoided a serious injury, he's unlikely to be available for the National League Division Series should the Cardinals qualify. The 28-year-old was pitching well prior to the injury with a 2.89 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in his last nine outings.
Wacha will undergo an MRI on his right shoulder Thursday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Wacha was lifted from Wednesday's start after 1.2 innings with what the Cardinals are calling a mild shoulder strain, per Goold. The MRI will help determine the specifics of the injury while the 28-year-old's postseason availability hangs in the balance.
Wacha was removed from Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks with right shoulder tightness, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Prior to exiting, Wacha allowed two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out three batters across 1.2 innings. Mike Mayers entered the game for the right-hander, whose postseason availability is in jeopardy following this injury.
Wacha was removed from Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks with an apparent injury, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
It's unclear what forced Wacha to exit Wednesday's game with a trainer, but it comes at a tough time with less than a week left in the regular season. Prior to exiting, the right-hander allowed two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out three batters in 1.2 innings. Mike Mayers entered the game in his place.
Wacha allowed one run on five hits with two walks and one strikeout across four innings during a no-decision against the Cubs on Friday.
The 28-year-old pitched well, but he didn't receive the run support or pitch the required five innings to earn the win. The Cardinals scored two runs in the sixth, though, to get Wacha off the hook for the loss. Wacha has now allowed just one run in his last nine innings. He is 6-7 with a 4.68 ERA, 1.54 WHIP and 101 strikeouts in 125 innings this season. Wacha will make his last start of the regular season Wednesday at the Diamondbacks.
Wacha gave up five hits and no walks while striking out one through five scoreless innings in a no-decision against the Brewers on Sunday.
Wacha delivered in his five innings, only allowing five baserunners and leaving the game in line for the win. Wacha continues to be limited in his outings, as he only has one outing with more than five innings in his previous eight starts. The 28-year-old has a 4.76 ERA and 100 strikeouts through 22 starts this season. Wacha is scheduled to make his next start Friday against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Wacha (6-7) took the loss against the Rockies on Tuesday, allowing two earned runs on five hits and a walk over four innings while also recording three strikeouts.
Wacha was deployed as a conventional starter after working as a bullpen-day opener last Wednesday, and he did a reasonably good job keeping the Rockies at bay in the fertile hitting conditions of Coors Field. However, his one mistake, a mammoth 482-foot two-run home run off the bat of Nolan Arenado, proved to be all Colorado would need with the Cardinals ultimately limited to just one run in the contest. Wacha has settled in to an extent since mid-August, allowing no more than three earned runs in any of his last five outings. However, keeping the ball in the park has continued to be an issue, with Wacha surrendering five home runs over his last four trips to the mound and yielding a career-high 26 round trippers overall across 116 innings this season.
Wacha will be deployed as a traditional starter for the opener of a three-game series versus the Rockies on Tuesday, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Wacha was utilized as a bullpen-day opener in his last turn, firing two scoreless innings against the Giants last Wednesday while pitching on short rest. However, he'll be back to serving as a conventional starter moving forward and will take the hill against Colorado with the benefit of a full five days off. Wacha has been slightly better as a starter than reliever in what's been a rough season, generating a 4.89 ERA across 99.1 innings, compared to a 5.68 figure over 12.2 frames out of the bullpen.
Wacha was the opening pitcher in a loss to the Giants on Wednesday, firing two scoreless innings in which he allowed two hits and a walk while recording two strikeouts.
Wacha was limited to just 38 pitches while pitching on three days rest, but he was effective in his pair of frames. The right-hander also generated a quality start against the Reds in his previous outing, and he's likely due for another turn as a conventional starter in his next trip to the mound.
Wacha will start Wednesday against the Giants, Jim Hayes of FOX Sports Midwest reports.
Wacha will be pitching on short rest -- his last start came Saturday against the Reds -- so he likely won't be asked to pitch too deep into the game. The right-hander has been solid across four starts since rejoining the rotation in mid-August, posting a 3.05 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 22:7 K:BB in 20.2 innings.
Wacha allowed two runs on three hits and two walks over seven innings during Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Reds. He struck out seven but did not factor in the decision.
Wacha served up solo homers during the first and third innings, but he generated 13 swinging strikes and otherwise held the Reds in check during the nightcap. The 28-year-old pitched well Saturday but isn't guaranteed to remain in the starting rotation given his inconsistencies this season (5.07 ERA and 1.55 WHIP) as the Cardinals attempt to secure a playoff spot.
Wacha allowed three runs on six hits and two walks over 4.2 innings Sunday, striking out seven in the win over Colorado. He did not factor in the decision.
Wacha was wildly inefficient Sunday, needing 113 pitches in his 4.2 innings of work. This marked the most pitches he's thrown since April 16, and his ERA bumped up to 5.24. Looking for his first win since July, he'll face the Reds at home Saturday.
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