Thursday, May 22, 2014

Michael Wacha has bruised elbow after being hit by foul ball in dugout (VIDEO)

The baseballs seemed to have Michael Wacha in their sights all night Wednesday against the Diamondbacks — whether the Cardinals starter was on the mound or in the presumed safety of the dugout.

In the sixth-inning, Wacha couldn't dodge a Matt Adams foul ball that was drilled into the Cardinals dugout,  ricocheted off the wall and hit the right-hander in his pitching arm.

Wacha wouldn't come back out for the seventh, despite having thrown six shutout innings and only 88 pitches. The Cardinals announced that Wacha suffered a bruised right elbow on the freak play. 

Earlier in the game, Wacha made an outstanding heads-up play on a scorching liner off the bat of Diamondbacks third baseman Martin Prado:

"It hit a nerve, and the whole hand went numb. It was a pretty scary feeling, that's for sure," the right-hander said about his elbow. "I'm sure I'll have a little bruise there tomorrow."

The severity of the bruise hasn't yet been reported by the Cardinals.

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