Having already missed 19 games with a left oblique strain, the wait will continue before Michael Wacha is allowed to resume throwing a baseball.
“We certainly had a positive review of him when we did an ultrasound the other day, so we’re encouraged about his healing but we still have to be patient,” said St. Louis Cardinals Team President John Mozeliak. “In terms of predicting when his throwing program will begin, we’re still not there yet. But, we’re encouraged where he is at as of today.”
Wacha was placed on the disabled list June 21st.
“At this point, he’s probably going to require a 3-week throwing program–which means sides, bullpens, and all that,” said Mozeliak. “Based on how that goes will determine the length of the rehab. But of course, as a starter, you have to ramp up. You can probably reverse-engineer what you think that looks like, but it’s probably a minimum of three or four starts.”
In 15 starts this season, Wacha is 8-2 with a 3.20 ERA.
WAINWRIGHT AND LEONE PROGRESSING
Jogging along the track inside Busch Stadium this afternoon, Adam Wainwright is continuing to move forward in his rehab.
“Still working to strengthen himself,” said Mozeliak. “In terms of getting him closer to a bullpen, I still think you’re probably looking maybe next week to the following week and then if everything goes right, you’re probably looking at some time early to mid-August for a rehab assignment.
It has not yet been decided what role Wainwright will have upon his return, in part because he still has a number of “thresholds” to still clear but also what needs the Cardinals have at the time will be a factor.
“One thing you always have to think about when you’re going through your rehab, if you say you want him as a starter then you have to stretch him out,” reminded Mozeliak. “It’s always easier to move them back into a bullpen than put them in a starting role, so I would imagine that depending on where we are, he would probably be going out as a starter.”
Wainwright began his throwing progression last week, as did reliever Dominic Leone.
“Encouraged about where he’s at as well,” said Mozeliak. “Probably a similar time frame as Waino, but certainly to the point where he is playing catch. And he’s doing it at longer distances so he’s getting his strength back and his feeling back and that’s good news.”
Mike Matheny later added that Harrison Bader, who had been dealing with some hamstring soreness, is feeling better and is available for tonight’s game if needed.
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