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Expert: Wacha’s Injury is Rare in Pitchers

Bill Reker
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A top sports physician says Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha has an injury that’s very rare in pitchers, but common in runners.

It’s inflammationnot of the muscles in his right shoulder blade, but in the bone itself.

That’s from the Chief of Sports Medicine at St. Louis University, Dr. Scott Kaar, who says there’s really only one cure.

“Rest, letting the shoulder blade heal in on its own, which it will do, and a combination of rehab to work on the muscles over time, to strengthen them around the bone,” he says.

The bone inflammation was caused simply by overuse.

Dr. Kaar says whether this means a shorter pitch count for Wacha in the future remains to be seen.

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