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Cardinals Announce Wacha Will Start Thursday

Wed, 03 Sep 2014 11:54:00 +0000

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- After missing 11 weeks to rehab a stress fracture in his throwing shoulder, St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha will return to the mound Thursday.

The Cardinals announced Tuesday that Wacha will start the first game of their series with the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday.

The hurler will be held to a 50-60 pitch count as he continues to build up the endurance in his shoulder.

"He's been working diligently for the last two months," Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said when talking about how long it took for the team to allow Wacha to comeback. "From a physical standpoint, we had to make sure that his shoulder was where it needed to be. This guy is as strong as he's ever been."

The 23-year-old Wacha started 15 games before the injury this season. During those starts, he pitched 90 1/3 innings compiling a 2.79 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 26 walks while striking out 83.

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