St. Louis Cardinals activate Michael Wacha


The St. Louis Cardinals have activated starting pitcher Michael Wacha off the 60-day disabled list.

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In addition to Wacha, the Cardinals have announced that the club has purchased the contract of first baseman Xavier Scruggs from the Memphis Redbirds (AAA). To make room for Scruggs on the 40-man roster, outfielder Shane Robinson was transferred from the 15-day to 60-day disabled list.

The 23-year-old pitcher, drafted by the Cardinals with the 19th overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, has missed 68 games since being placed on the disabled list with a right shoulder stress reaction. The 2013 NLCS MVP has not seen action in the big leagues since his start against the New York Mets on June 17.

Wacha recently made a rehab start for the Springfield Cardinals (AA) on Sunday and threw two scoreless innings. Prior to being places on the DL, the former Texas A&M pitcher had a 5-5 record over 15 starts with a 2.79 ERA.

Robinson had injured his shoulder on August 25th during a stolen base attempt. He was placed on the 15-day DL so it makes perfect sense to transfer him to the 60-day DL so that the Cardinals can have as many players possible during this final month of the 2014 season.

Scruggs was selected by the Cardinals out of UNLV in the 2008 MLB Draft. In a career-high 135 games this season, Scruggs hit .286 with 21 home runs and 87 RBI. Over the last 50 games of the season, the first baseman hit .353 with 12 home runs. In his minor league career, Scruggs has hit 134 home runs and driven in 488 runners over 771 games. Scruggs has hit 20 or more home runs in each of the last five seasons.