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Michael Wacha

6' 6"
210 lbs
Jul 1, 1991
Iowa City, Iowa, United States
2012 - round 1, 19th overall by StL
2014 Regular Season
5 6 3.20 1.20 94

Wacha, who starred in the postseason as a rookie last fall, will be in the St. Louis Cardinals' bullpen for the start of the NL division series.

Manager Mike Matheny said Wednesday he'll go with Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn, John Lackey and Shelby Miller the first four games against the Dodgers. The best-of-five series starts Friday in Los Angeles. The 23-year-old Wacha was the NL championship series MVP last year, outpitching Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw twice. He's had trouble regaining form after a long layoff caused by a shoulder injury.

The Cardinals have pushed back struggling Michael Wacha and plan to start rookie lefty Marco Gonzales instead on Sunday.

The 23-year-old Wacha allowed five earned runs and walked three in four innings his last start. As a rookie he was the NL championship series MVP, and he's 5-6 this year with a 3.14 ERA in 17 starts.

Wacha will replace Justin Masterson in the St. Louis Cardinals' rotation on Thursday and make his first start since mid-June.

Manager Mike Matheny said Wacha, a breakout rookie star last year who was the NL championship series MVP, will be limited to around 60 pitches at Milwaukee. He's 5-5 with a 2.79 ERA in 15 starts and has been on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder stress reaction.

Wacha was taken out after getting struck on the right elbow by a foul liner while sitting in the dugout in the sixth inning against Arizona on Wednesday.

The team said the right-hander was taken out for precautionary reasons with a bruised elbow.

Wacha suffered his first loss of the season Friday against the Nationals.

Wacha gave up three runs - though just one was earned - and five hits over seven innings while striking out seven.

Wacha allowed one run and seven hits in six innings, earning the win in Monday's 5-3 victory over Cincinnati.

Wacha has posted a 0.71 ERA through his first two outings, both of which have come against the Reds. He'll try to continue his hot start against the Cubs this weekend.

Wacha went toe-to-toe with Tony Cingrani in Wednesday's 1-0 walkoff loss at Cincinnati.

Wacha allowed three hits and one walk over 6 2-3 innings while striking out seven. His season debut couldn't have gone much better, and hopefully he'll get some run support next time out.

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