Wacha called up and on the bump

The St. Louis Cardinals activated Michael Wacha from the disabled list to start Thursday against the Milwaukee Brewers.

The move was expected for the 23-year-old Wacha, who was on the disabled list since June 18 with a right shoulder stress reaction. He is 5-5 with a 2.79 ERA in 15 starts.

St. Louis also called up first baseman Xavier Scruggs from Triple-A Memphis. Scruggs, who was batting seventh Thursday, was hitting .286 with 21 home runs and 87 RBIs in the minors.

The Cardinals moved outfielder Shane Robinson from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list.

St. Louis has won five straight to take a three-game lead in the NL Central over Milwaukee.