June 4, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha (52) throws to a Arizona Diamondbacks batter during the first inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Cardinals Demote Pitching Prospect Michael Wacha

Despite being one of the most highly touted pitching prospects in the game, the St. Louis Cardinals sent down starter Michael Wacha this afternoon despite three solid outings since making his debut on May 30th.

The move was made so the Cardinals could activate fellow starting pitcher Jake Westbrook, who has been out since May 8th with elbow inflammation.

Wacha was solid during his short stay with the Red Birds posting a 4.58 ERA over his first three starts including a two hitter in his Major League debut against the Kansas City Royals.

The good news for both Wacha and the Cardinals is the demotion shouldn’t last too long as it’s only a matter of time until the Cardinals recall the 21 year old arm later this Summer.

The Cardinals first round pick in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft was only ranked as the #83 prospect by MLB.com and #76 by Baseball American coming into this season, though, the rankings were a bit skewed given Wacha wasn’t expected to contribute at the Major League level much (if at all) this season.

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