St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha took the next step forward in making his return from the disabled list as he pitched 2+ strong innings for Springfield (AA) on Sunday night.
Wacha faced 8 batters and was regularly ahead in the count as he allowed just one hit while striking out and walking one. He threw a total of 34 pitches (24 strikes) and exited the game in the 3rd inning.
When asked earlier on Sunday if Wacha would be in line to make another rehab start Friday for Memphis, Mike Matheny deferred comment until after this evening’s outing. Provided there are no setbacks, the Cardinals have that option–as well as putting Wacha on the active roster and using a piggy-back approach to his next start.
Tony Cruz, who started the game behind the plate, was replaced the same time as Wacha. Cruz was 0-2 at the plate with a pair of strikeouts.
Jason Motte threw a scoreless 8th inning, using 12 pitches to record a pair of ground outs and fly out to centerfield. According to Barry Lewis of the Tulsa World, Motte’s velocity was at 90-91mph with one pitch reaching 92mph.
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