Michael Wacha has made two starts in the big leagues after being down with a stress reaction. So should the Cardinals have brought him back? Are they rushing him? What does that mean for this year and what does it mean for the future?
If he's actually healthy it shouldn't affect his future at all. The timing isn't opportune because it precluded him from having a real rehab stint in the minors, but I think we can agree a healthy, effective Michael Wacha instils more confidence than anyone outside of Wainwright, Lynn & (IMHO) John Lackey among the available starters.
The division at this point looks fairly secure. Top seed in the NL is within reach, but the Cardinals are chasing two different teams for it. I don't have a problem with using big-league starts to strengthen the arm and re-establish the command of a guy who has already shown he can go on the road in the playoffs and win an elimination game and can also stare down the best pitcher in all of baseball (twice) in the postseason and come out on top.