Wacha solid in second of five spring starts

Righty doesn't allow a Twins runner to advance past second in scoreless outing

Wacha solid in second of five spring starts

JUPITER, Fla. -- While not as dominant as he was in his Grapefruit League debut, Michael Wacha did maneuver through three scoreless innings in the second of what is expected to be five spring starts.

Wacha threw 34 of his 49 pitches for strikes, but he did watch the Twins foul off a number of pitches to raise his count quickly over the first two innings. He got through his final inning with seven pitches.

"[The] changeup [was] probably a little [firmer] this time," manager Mike Matheny said. "You're seeing some foul balls when you were typically seeing some swing and misses. That's going to come. There's times it's going to be better than others. The changeup is always a feel pitch. I saw some good breaking balls, and I saw some balls at the bottom of the zone that we really get excited about because that's where he's at when he's right."

Wacha strengthening arm in ST

Wacha did showcase a nice curveball and never let the Twins advance a runner past second.

"Arm feels great," Wacha said afterward. "I wasn't tired out there. Body felt great. I was able to get through those three innings feeling strong."

Worth noting:

• The Cardinals still don't believe outfielder Tommy Pham will miss extensive time due to the left quad strain he suffered on Friday. Pham did not participate in workouts on Saturday for precautionary reasons.

"It's just going to be a day-to-day [thing] to watch how it progresses," Matheny said. "We'll see as we go."

• Outfielder Magneuris Sierra was brought over from Minor League camp and played six innings in Saturday's Major League game. Sierra, 18, went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in his first Grapefruit League experience. Sierra earned organizational Minor League Player of the Year honors last year after hitting .386/.434/.505 in the Florida Gulf Coast League.

• Former Cardinals outfielder Shane Robinson started for the Twins and received hearty applause from the Cardinals' home crowd when he came to bat for the first time. Wacha stepped off the mound to give Robinson a moment, and Robinson doffed his helmet to acknowledge the crowd.

Robinson receives ovation

"It was nice to see," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "It was nice for him, but it's kind of a nice reflection of Cardinal baseball fans and appreciation. He was a part of some really good memories over there. I like to see those kinds of things, and the Cardinals fans are as good as anybody at doing that."

• Among those on the travel roster for the Cardinals' road game in Fort Myers, Fla., on Sunday are: relievers Matt Belisle, Randy Choate, Seth Maness and Sam Tuivailala; infielders Matt Adams, Kolten Wong, Xavier Scruggs and Ty Kelly; and outfielders Peter Bourjos, Stephen Piscotty and Randal Grichuk.

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