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Cardinals place Michael Wacha on the disabled list

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The Cardinals placed starter Michael Wacha on the 10-day disabled list with a left oblique strain. Wacha suffered the strain during the fourth inning of yesterday’s start with the Phillies.

It sounds like it was a severe strain, with Wacha saying yesterday that he had trouble breathing it hurt so bad. That suggests an extended time on the disabled list. As it is, most guys who suffer strained obliques miss at least a month.

John Gant was called up from Memphis to take Wacha’s place on the roster. He, Daniel Poncedeleon, Dakota Hudson or some combination of the three are likely to see the most time filling in. Not that they can necessarily replace him. Wacha is 8-2 with a 3.20 ERA and a 71/36 K/BB ratio in 84.1 innings across 15 starts this season with St. Louis, and his innings will be missed.

Félix Hernández to rejoin Mariners’ rotation for final start of 2018

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Mariners starter Félix Hernández will come off of the disabled list to make his final start of 2018 on Wednesday against the Athletics, MLB.com’s Greg Johns reports. Hernández has been on the disabled list since September 8 with a right hamstring strain.

Hernández, 32, has endured the worst season of his 14-year career. He’s 8-13 with a 5.46 ERA and a 121/57 K/BB ratio over 151 2/3 innings. Hernández wants the opportunity to finish 2018 on a good note. He said, “I feel good. No problems. It’s 100 percent. I just want to finish strong and show them I can still pitch. It wasn’t a big injury. They just wanted to give me some rest.”

Hernández is under contract for one more year at $27 million. He has been the face of the franchise for the last decade, but if he doesn’t show he’s capable of beating major league hitters by the end of spring training next year, the Mariners may not be able to afford to give him a spot in the starting rotation. Despite a second-half slide, the Mariners were competitive in the AL West this year, entering the All-Star break 58-39, five games out of first place. With some roster fine-tuning, the Mariners could give the Astros and Athletics a run for their money. Hernández’s involvement with that effort remains to be seen.