With injuries wrecking the St. Louis Cardinals pitching staff the team will promote highly touted prospect Michael Wacha to start on Thursday. Wacha was the 19th overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft.
Danny Knobler was one of the first to announce the news on twitter but thus far no information has been announced as to who will be sent down to make room for Wacha.
The Cardinals had pushed Wacha’s start from Sunday to Monday before finally scratching him from his start at Triple-A Memphis.
Wacha compiled a 1.71 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 74/19 K/BB ratio over his first 73 2/3 innings in pro ball.
The Cardinals will likely try to limit the number of frames that the 21-year-old throws this season but for the time being they will give him a chance at the big league.
It has been a rough year for the Cardinals rotation. Jake Westbrook’s return is not going as hoped and Chris Carpenter recently had to tone down his rehab. Jaime Garcia recently under went Tommy John surgery and John Gast, who had made three starts, experienced a tight shoulder in his last start before being placed on the disabled list on Sunday.