ST. LOUIS, MO - MAY 31: Starter Michael Wacha #52 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at Busch Stadium on May 31, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) By Dilip Vishwanat
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ST. LOUIS, MO - MAY 21: Starter Michael Wacha #52 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Busch Stadium on May 21, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) By Dilip Vishwanat
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 18: Michael Wacha #52 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches in the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on April 18, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images) By Greg Fiume
(BaseballStL) - Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha had an MRI on Monday morning, based on the results, he’ll get at least another two weeks of rest before he resumes throwing. General Manager John Mozeliak said it appears that the stress fracture in Wacha’s shoulder is healing, but not as quickly as the Cardinals had hoped.
“The best news of the day would have been that he’s been cleared to throw,” said Mozeliak. “But he’s not there yet. I think that taking a pro-active stance is best for him and his career. I’m sure he’s frustrated and would like to be a bit ahead of this. Hopefully by the next time we do another MRI, he’ll be cleared.”
Wacha doesn’t have a typical shoulder injury for a major league pitcher. In fact, Mozeliak said the injury is so unusual that "we're making our own road map" for the treatment.
In an effort to help bolster the starting rotation, the Cardinals are planning to bring back Joe Kelly earlier than previously planned. Kelly was originally slated to take another rehab start for Memphis, but that plan has changed. Kelly is now expected to join the Cardinals later this week and start Friday night’s game in Milwaukee.