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Workload factor for young starters

Updated: June 18, 2013, 4:02 PM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

Lost in the disappointment of Michael Wacha's demotion was this: Part of the reason he, rather than Tyler Lyons, was assigned to Triple-A Memphis was the team's admitted concern for his workload.

Wacha did have a 4.58 ERA in three starts, so performance might have weighed equally, but St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny confirmed that the rookie right-hander will face some sort of innings cap this season, whether he spends the rest of it in Memphis or St. Louis.

"We'll ...

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