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Cardinals moving Michael Wacha back to bullpen

St Louis Cardinals v San Diego Padres

SAN DIEGO, CA - JUNE 28: Michael Wacha #52 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park June 28, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

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Michael Wacha is moving back to the Cardinals’ bullpen and Daniel Ponce de Leon is returning to the rotation, MLB.com’s Anne Rogers reports.

This is the second time Wacha, 28, has been moved to the bullpen this season, but things just haven’t been working consistently for him. He’s holding a 5.54 ERA with a 62/39 K/BB ratio in 76 1/3 innings. Wacha can become a free agent after the season.

Ponce de Leon, 27, has limited the opposition to seven runs on 15 hits and 11 walks with 38 strikeouts in 31 2/3 innings this season split between four starts and three relief appearances.

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