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Cardinals Michael Wacha, Trevor Rosenthal Throwing Bullpen Sessions And Other Possible DL Returns

Michael Wacha, on the DL since August 8 with the return of his 2014 injury, right shoulder stress reaction.
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Michael Wacha, starter for the St. Louis Cardinals, has been sidelined on the 15-Day DL since August 8 (right shoulder stress reaction). He threw a 25 pitch bullpen session this past Wednesday and reportedly, his shoulder is feeling well and he experienced no issues. During his rehab, the next step if facing live hitters which is expected to happen this weekend. If all goes well, Cardinals organization look for his possible return by next weekend and will be placed in the bullpen for late inning assignments. He will not return to the rotation to keep his pitch count low as a precaution in lieu of his recent injury which took him out most of his 2014 season. With moderate intensity during his recent session, [Wacha] "said he was particularly relieved by how much more extension he was able to get on his finish than he had just prior to going on the disabled list." Also added, "I'm real happy with where I'm at," said Wacha, who was 7-7 with a 4.45 ERA in 23 starts before the injury. "It's a great feeling. I'll just keep going forward and see where it goes." (Jenifer Langosch, MLB.com)

Reliever/closer Trevor Rosenthal, on the DL since the latter part of July with shoulder inflammation.
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Trevor Rosenthal, Cardinals reliever/closer, was placed on the 15-Day DL July 25 with forearm issues resulting from shoulder inflammation. He has had two bullpen sessions and is expected to throw facing live batters as soon as this Saturday. Borrowing no further issues, he is looking to return the middle of next week. He will not regain his closer status; but, with another experienced arm back in the bullpen, mid-to-late inning help will be most appreciated. When Rosenthal went down, he held a very uncustomary 5.13 ERA in 33.1 IP, with 14 saves and 48 strikeouts. 

Even though the Cardinals have 11 in the bullpen currently, having two seasoned arms added to the young will be a "sigh of relief", in my opinion. 

OTHER CARDINALS DL NEWS  

All Star, RoY contender rookie Aledmys Diaz, on the DL since July 31, HBP.
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All Star, 2016 RoY contender rookie SS Aledmys Diaz has been on the 15-Day DL since July 31 due to HBP (right thumb fracture). This past Wednesday, in rehab with the Springfield Double-A Cardinals, he played a full game at shortstop. "He went 0-for-4 with a sacrifice fly. General manager John Mozeliak said the Cardinals have not ruled out a weekend return for Diaz, ..." Diaz held a .312 BA/.376 OBP/14 HR/57 RBI when he went down. His return will be most welcomed. I'm in hopes, those that find fault, seemingly down to the way a player ties their shoes, will have patience in the return of Diaz strong bat. 

Matt Holliday, who sustained two serious HBP injuries this season. The first clipped his lip and nose for a very scary hit to the face.. The second placed him on the DL with a fractured thumb.
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LF Matt Holliday, also on the 15-Day DL due to HBP fractured thumb requiring surgery (August 11). Holliday (thumb) has been cleared to ramp up his baseball activities and could return before the end of the regular season, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. (about 1 day ago) Rotowire. Reported by Jenifer Langosch, "Holliday grabbed a bat on Thursday for the first time since having thumb surgery on Aug. 17. He plans to take dry swings and play catch this week as part of a rehab plan that could have him back for the final week of the regular season. His biggest challenge will be getting the timing of his swing back within such a limited time."  As of that fateful day at Wrigley Field, Holliday held a .242 BA/.318 OBP/19 HR/60 RBI. Even though some have wanted Holliday down in the line-up due to his lesser BA, he was always a threat at the plate in his three spot. Knowing him as we do, I just hope he does not push to fast to simply return by later this month. If he is cleared without any issues, his return will be great to see. However, if there is the slightest of concern, I would rather have him 100% ready for Spring training in 2017. 

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