(BaseballStL) — Michael Wacha continues to progress in his rehab for his injured shoulder. Having gotten promising results from his latest exam, the Cardinal starter threw another side session Monday, impressing his manager.
“I was expecting less. They’re being aggressive with a little more intensity and it looked really close to what we normally would see when he’s out there,” Mike Mantheny said.
Wacha threw 35 pitches in his bullpen, made up of fastballs and change ups, and appears to have no negative effects from either session.
"That’s always hard to tell when trying to get a percentage, but he’s going to be around that 75-80 percent. It just looked real effortless when the ball is coming out of his hand,” Matheny said. “He wasn’t trying to pump up or do anything extraordinary. It just looked good.”
He has another throwing session scheduled for Wednesday.
Yadier Molina was on the field during warmups, taking throws at first base. He still had his splint on, but was able to throw without much issue, it appeared.
Matheny said his catcher is not yet ready to pick up a bat, but Molina’s overall health appears to be top notch as he works toward rejoining the team.
Running With The Rookie
Kolten Wong has had a roller coaster season, at times showing brilliance at the plate and with the mitt. Despite his .249 average, he has nine home runs, 33 RBIs and 17 stolen bases..
For every mistake made at second, he has made an impossible play. Sometimes, like Sunday, they are in the same game.
He is seventh in the NL in two-out RBIs and if he hits one more home run, he’ll be the first Cardinal rookie since J.D. Drew to have double digit steals and homers in his first season.
1) Matt Carpenter 3B
2) Kolten Wong 2B
3) Matt Holliday LF
4) Matt Adams 1B
5) Jhonny Peralta SS
6) A.J. Pierzynski C
7) Oscar Taveras RF
8) Jon Jay CF
9) Justin Masterson P