(Busch Stadium) Having been out of action the last five weeks, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha is finally ready to resume throwing a baseball.
“Tomorrow,” he confirmed before tonight’s game. “It will be real light, but getting the throwing program started up. To that point to where it’s time to take that next step and start playing some catch, get it going.”
Wacha was placed on the 10-day disabled list June 21st with a left oblique strain.
“It’s just about taking it day by day, though right now,” he continued. “See how I’m feeling the next day and taking it from there.”
A throwing program can take a couple of weeks or more before progressing to the rehab assignments, which provided there are no setbacks could put Wacha at the beginning of September before he’s ready to return to the active roster.
“Could be a little quicker than that,” said John Mozeliak. “It think it just depends on how the next 10 days go.”
“It’s a little different deal with it not being an arm injury,” agreed Wacha. “I’ve never come back from that. The arm, shoulder feels good. It feels strong. We’ve been keeping it in shape as much as we can with the arm care stuff, but the timetable, I’m not sure how long it’s going to take right now.”
–Adam Wainwright shared he threw a bullpen yesterday, going through a full starter’s warm-up and then throwing 30 pitches. He will throw another bullpen on Sunday, where he will throw two sets of multiple pitches.
Dominic Leone threw a bullpen this past week and Mozeliak was “very encouraged with him”.
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