Garcia to seek second opinion on shoulder

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

The Cardinals are delaying comment on the results of Jaime Garcia’s exam with team physician George Paletta until after the left-hander visits orthopedist James Andrews for a second opinion on Wednesday.

Garcia, who underwent an MRI on his left shoulder in St. Louis on Monday, requested the additional consultation with Andrews before ever seeing Paletta. General manager John Mozeliak was briefed by Paletta about the results of Monday’s exam, and while he declined to share details, Mozeliak did note that “early indications have been encouraging.”

“Rather than say one thing today and change tomorrow, I’d rather get both reports and then go from there and decide after we have time to also meet with Jaime and decide what the next step is,” Mozeliak added. “Based on the MRI and everything, we feel good. But I would like to see what the other doctor has to say and go from there.”

Garcia has met with Andrews twice before for shoulder discomfort. In October 2012, Andrews suggested that Garcia address the issue with a rest and rehab program. The following May, Andrews recommended surgery to repair a tear to the rotator cuff and labrum.

Garcia took Andrews’ advice in both instances, which led him to having a season-ending procedure last May. His rehab work went without a hitch, and Garcia reported to Spring Training encouraged by how well he felt. That relief lasted only three bullpen sessions, however, as Garcia then notified the staff of shoulder soreness and subsequently shut his throwing program down one week ago.

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