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Report: Cardinals to skip Michael Wacha’s next start

Michael Wacha

The St. Louis Cardinals have announced that starting pitcher Michael Wacha will have his next start skipped, due to “rest” reasons. Wacha was set to make his next start on Sunday but he will be replaced by Carlos Martinez.

On the 2014 season, Wacha has gone 90 1/3 innings, with a 2.79 ERA, a 5-5 record, 1.12 WHIP, and 83 strikeouts through 15 starts. The Cardinals did state that Wacha is healthy, and they’re clearly monitoring his pitches. Wacha has yet to go over 100 pitches thrown in a start since May 15.

In his last start against the New York Mets, Wacha went 6 innings, giving up five hits, one earned run, while striking out 7 and walking two batters, for his fifth win of the season.

After Adam Wainwright avoided the DL due to an elbow injury scare, it’ll come as much relief if Wacha has no injury occurrence, and is truly being skipped for rest.

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