(BaseballStL) — After an early and unconventional exit Wednesday night, Michael Wacha’s elbow was the talk of the town Thursday morning.
The 22-year-old was pulled from the game in the bottom of the sixth when a foul ball off the bat of Matt Adams flew into the dugout and truck him in the arm.
“I think it scared him more than anything else. It came off the wall and got him in a spot on his elbow that kind of tingled and lost a little feeling there,” said manager Mike Matheny. “Fortunately it happened at a point in the game in which it did and we were able to get him out before he had to go out and see what it felt like”
Wacha could be seen jogging out of the dugout right after the ball entered it, and the announcement followed shortly after that he would not return.
“As soon as it hit, my whole hand went numb,” he said. “It was pretty scary, I’ve never had that feeling before.”
The big righty had struck out four and allowed only two hits to that point, his best start in May. Unsure of how the injury would affect him going forward, fans and media alike waited for word on the injured pitching elbow.
Thursday, Wacha reported his arm felt fine and he was expected to make his next start.
“I’m pretty happy with how it feels today. As far as I know I’m on track,” he said, adding that feeling had returned to his hand that night. “The arm feels great, I just have the normal soreness after pitching yesterday. So just looking forward to the next start.”
If all goes well it should be against the Yankees Monday back home in St. Louis