Garcia to undergo shoulder surgery

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Left-hander Jaime Garcia is scheduled to undergo surgery on his left shoulder, a Cardinals official confirmed, after being diagnosed with a tear in his labrum. The decision to have a procedure was made after Garcia was seen by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., on Wednesday.

The Cardinals have not announced the date of Garcia’s surgery, but it will be performed by the team’s head physician, Dr. George Paletta. It is expected to sideline Garcia for the rest of the season.

Garcia went on the disabled list Sunday after alerting the Cardinals to an increasing amount of pain in his left shoulder over a three-start span. He described the pain as worse than what he dealt with last year, when Garcia had to twice be shut down due to a shoulder impingement. He missed two months in season and then later had to be taken off the postseason roster.

At the time of the second recurrence, Garcia visited several doctors for recommendations on how to address the injury – which was described as a tear to the rotator cuff and labrum. Though surgery was offered as a recommended option, Garcia eventually chose to undertake a program of rest and rehab. It was an alternative that, at the time, Dr. Andrews endorsed.

Garcia, 26, reported to Spring Training without restriction and made nine starts in the regular season. He went 5-2 with a 3.58 ERA and twice allowed one run in an eight-inning outing.

The club will begin filling Garcia’s spot in the rotation with left-hander Tyler Lyons, who is scheduled to make his Major League debut on Wednesday in the Cardinals’ series finale against the Padres. With Jake Westbrook on the mend and Chris Carpenter on the comeback trail, the Cardinals should have some additional starting options available soon. John Gast is currently subbing into the rotation for Westbrook.

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