Garica removed from NLDS roster; Miller added
Jaime Garcia has been removed from the Cardinals’ National League Division Series roster after a magnetic resonance imaging exam revealed a rotator cuff strain and inflammation in his left shoulder. Taking Garcia’s place on the NLDS roster will be rookie right-hander Shelby Miller.
Garcia is scheduled to receive a second opinion on his shoulder Thursday. Once those results return, the Cardinals will announce Garcia’s next course of action.
The left-hander lasted just two innings in his Game 2 start on Monday, notifying staff after the second inning that he was feeling left shoulder discomfort. His start ended there and Garcia was sent away to be examined.
Garcia missed more than two months during the regular season due to a left shoulder impingement but had not complained of any left shoulder pain since his mid-August return. In his nine starts after coming off the disabled list, Garcia went 4-5 with a 3.25 ERA.
Miller, ranked by MLB.com as the Cardinals’ No. 2 prospect, becomes the third rookie in the Cardinals’ bullpen. He also helps add depth to a ‘pen that could be without Lance Lynn for the rest of the series. Lynn threw 50 pitches in relief on Monday and would likely be the one to take Garcia’s spot in the rotation should the Cardinals advance past the NLDS.
By coming off the roster mid-series, Garcia would not be eligible to return until the World Series. Even still, that seems unlikely, given the nature of the injury.
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