Cardinals' Michael Wacha to start Thursday in return from DL

Tuesday September 2nd, 2014

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha will make first start since June on Thursday against the Brewers, the team announced

Wacha went on the disabled list on June 22 with a stress reaction in his right shoulder. 

VERDUCCI: Is Albert Pujols thinking retirement?

He began a rehab assignment on Sunday and threw just two innings and 34 pitches before the team decided on his return. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Wacha might only be allowed to throw around 60 pitches on Thursday. 

"The factors that go into it are that he had a good outing last time and he measured up [medically] yesterday and today very strong. And we've made no question about the fact that when he's ready to go, we want him on the mound," Matheny said

Before going on the DL, Wacha was 5-5 with a 2.79 ERA. 

Ranking best playoff races in season's final month of play

The Cardinals currently sit atop the NL Central by one game over Milwaukee.

- Molly Geary

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide — from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Grant Wahl, Andy Staples and more — delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.