Garcia to DL with shoulder injury; Boggs returning from Memphis
A left shoulder strain has landed left-hander Jaime Garcia on the disabled list and has the Cardinals concerned that surgery may be the necessary in order to correct a shoulder impingement that has been bothering Garcia for the past 12 months.
This same injury sidelined Garcia for a little more than two months last summer and then forced him off the playoff roster in October. At that time, Garcia considered addressing the issue with surgery before eventually deciding to try a rehab course instead.
He reported to Spring Training without limitation and made his first five starts of the season without any discomfort. Though he pitched eight strong innings in a May 5 win against the Brewers, it was that day, he said, that he first felt something wrong in his shoulder.
He made two more starts – including one last night in which he allowed six runs in 5 1/3 innings – before it was determined that he could no longer pitch.
“I would say at this point it’s worse,” Garcia said, when asked how the discomfort compared to what he dealt with last year. “There’s a lot more pain than last year. It started three starts ago. I was feeling great up until that point. I basically tried to take care of doing little things here and there and it went downhill getting worse and worse.”
An MRI taken on Garcia’s shoulder on Saturday came back inconclusive. He is scheduled to visit with Dr. James Andrews next week for another opinion. Because Garcia already tried the rehab route for this injury, the only option this time may be undergoing a procedure.
“I’m very concerned, especially with the way I felt last night and the way I feel today,” Garcia said of that possibility.
General manager John Mozeliak said the Cardinals will decide in the next day or so who will start in place of Garcia next Wednesday. There are options on the Major League club, as relievers Seth Maness, Carlos Martinez and Joe Kelly all have extensive starting experience. Because he has been pitching in relief since the start of the season, Kelly does not likely have the arm strength built up to immediately slide into a starting role.
If the Cardinals dip down into their depth, Triple-A lefty Tyler Lyons and right-hander Michael Wacha will get consideration.
While the Cardinals mull those starting options, the club has announced that Mitchell Boggs will be rejoining the team on Sunday. After allowing 15 earned runs and 12 walks in 10 2/3 innings with St. Louis, Boggs was sent to Triple-A earlier this month to try find his mechanics and his confidence.
Boggs made five scoreless appearances for Memphis before allowing three runs in an outing on Thursday.
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