GIF: Michael Wacha hit by foul ball in dugout, leaves game vs. D-backs with right elbow contusion

May 21, 10:28 PM

A third pitcher has succumbed to injury Wednesday night, as the injury bug continues to bite big league hurlers on a seemingly nightly basis.

Michael Wacha was resting in the dugout when his teammate, Matt Adams, sent a seeing-eye liner whistling into the St. Louis Cardinals dugout that ricocheted off the wall and directly off the young right-hander's pitching elbow.

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Seriously? What are the odds?

Wacha had to be removed from the game after throwing six innings of shutout ball. The Cardinals are calling his injury a right elbow contusion.

Wacha's injury was the third suffered by a starting pitcher on Wednesday night. San Francisco Giants starter Matt Cain left his start with a hamstring issue, and Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was drilled in the shin with a ball off the bat of teammate Justin Turner in batting practice.

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May 22, 5:20 PM

Cardinals' Wacha expects to make next start after getting hit by foul ball in dugout

May 22, 5:20 PM

A freak injury sustained by St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha on Wednesday night won't cost him his next projected start Monday vs. the New York Yankees.

Wacha took a liner from teammate Matt Adams off his pitching elbow, limiting his outing to just six innings.

The Cardinals officially designated the injury as a right elbow contusion, but Wacha admitted after the game the incident shook him up.

''It hit a nerve and the whole hand went numb," Wacha said to reporters. "It was a pretty scary feeling, that's for sure...I'm sure I'll have a little bruise there tomorrow.''

The righty is a key arm in the rotation behind Adam Wainwright, boasting a 3-3 record with a 2.54 ERA through 10 starts.

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May 22, 1:44 AM

Cardinals expect Wacha to be 'fine' after getting hit by foul ball in dugout

May 22, 1:44 AM

A bit of good news for the St. Louis Cardinals: The foul ball that hit pitcher Michael Wacha in the dugout on Wednesday night against the Diamondbacks might not have caused too much damage. But it did ruin his shutout, which he held until the sixth inning, when he was forced to exit after the incident.

Manager Mike Matheny said the team expects the pitcher to be "fine", but Wacha said after the game that he didn't know if his next scheduled start was a sure thing. It's time for the waiting game.

It did not sound like a great Wednesday.

''It hit a nerve and the whole hand went numb," Wacha said to reporters after the game. "It was a pretty scary feeling, that's for sure...I'm sure I'll have a little bruise there tomorrow.''