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Cards Wacha to make major league debut Thursday

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(BaseballSTL) – Cardinals top-pitching prospect Michael Wacha will make his major league debut Thursday against the Kansas City Royals, the team announced Tuesday.

Wacha, the Cardinals’ first-round pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, is 4-0 in nine starts for AAA-Memphis this season. He’s posted a 2.05 ERA and .95 WHIP with 34 strikeouts this year while holding opponents to a .187 batting average.

Cardinals’ left-hander John Gast left Saturday’s start against the Dodgers with shoulder tightness and the team placed him on the 15-day DL shortly after.

Pitcher Michael Blazek was initially called up for Gast. The Cardinals said they would announce a corresponding move to Wacha’s callup prior to Thursday's game.

Wacha will become the eighth rookie pitcher to make an appearance for the Cardinals this season. The team has gotten a major league-leading 12 wins from rookie pitchers so far this year.

 

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