Cardinals, Wacha avoid arbitration with $6.35 million deal

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha throws during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Sunday, June 3, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Cardinals and right-hander Michael Wacha avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $6.35 million contract, a raise of $1.05 million.

Wacha's 2018 season was interrupted by a strained muscle in his left side. Limited to 15 starts for St. Louis, he went 8-2 with a 3.20 ERA.

He was injured on June 20 and placed on the 10-day disabled list a day later. His attempt to return ended when he was placed on the 60-day DL on Sept. 10.
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