Marco Gonzales is starting in place of Michael Wacha on Sunday afternoon against the Rockies, with manager Mike Matheny acknowledging to the media late last week that Wacha hasn’t looked quite right since returning on September 4 from a stress reaction in his right shoulder. It’s not clear what the plan is for Wacha, but he hasn’t been shut down.
According to Jim Hayes of FOX Sports Midwest, the young starter threw around 30 pitches in a bullpen session on Sunday morning at Busch Stadium and reported feeling “great” after the workout was through. Wacha only made one rehab start before the Cardinals activated him from the 60-day disabled list, and the club may now be rethinking that aggressive approach.
Wacha, 23, owns an outstanding 3.00 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 154 strikeouts in 162 career major league innings. He was named the MVP of the 2013 NLCS after dominating the Dodgers in two scoreless outings.