Michael Wacha has bruised elbow

Updated: May 22, 2014, 2:27 AM ET
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ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha was taken out after getting struck just above the right elbow by a foul liner while sitting in the dugout in the sixth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The team said the rookie was taken out for precautionary reasons with a bruised elbow suffered on Matt Adams' foul liner leading off the bottom of the sixth Wednesday. The Cardinals won 3-2 in 12 innings.

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

Wacha had a bandage wrapped around the elbow but said he felt OK. However, he made no guarantees about his next start.

"I mean, I have no clue," he said. "It feels good right now. I'll see tomorrow when I play some catch."

Wacha allowed two hits in six scoreless innings, ending a run of five straight outings of seven or more innings by the St. Louis rotation. He also made two outstanding defensive plays before Adams' liner forced an early exit after 88 pitches.

"I think he's going to be fine," manager Mike Matheny said. "It was just tightening up a bit. Yeah, we would have liked to have thrown him back out there for the seventh."

Last fall's National League Championship Series MVP had another close call with a ball earlier in the game, snaring a line drive while trying to protect his face. Wacha grabbed Martin Prado's liner right back at him on instincts, throwing his glove up on the follow-through.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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