St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha simulated three innings of work on Wednesday as he threw about 50 pitches to Charlie Tilson and Patrick Wisdom of the Springfield Cardinals.
“I was pretty happy with how it went,” commented Wacha. “I felt strong out there, I felt good. I was throwing strikes–which is what I was trying to do, get that fastball command back to where I want it to be. I was pretty happy with how it went.”
Mixing in a few changeups and max-effort fastballs, Wacha also worked on his pick-off moves to first and second as well as fielded some groundballs back to the mound. He shared he felt no pain during the simulation.
“I thought he looked great,” said General Manager John Mozeliak, who watched the workout with much of the Cardinals’ front office. “Having to throw in 95-degree weather I think was helpful because it created a little more stress than maybe we could’ve done later in the evening. The fact he was able to do it with ease–I thought the ball came out of his hand great, more importantly he felt good when it was all done. I think he’s in a good spot. I think he’s ready for that next step.”
Provided there is no setback from today’s session, that next step in the process will be for Wacha to start Sunday in Tulsa for Springfield. He will likely be on a 35-40 pitch count according to Mozeliak and provided that goes well, Wacha is hopeful that he could progress to around 70 pitches in the next week and a half.
“I think it would be somewhere around there,” agreed the right-hander. “We’ll go based on how I feel after this, obviously. Came out of this one good and hopefully, come out of that start on Sunday good and go from there.
Mozeliak also shared that Yadier Molina is expected to be in the lineup for Springfield again on Thursday night.
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