Garcia diagnosed with shoulder inflammation; no structural damage
Left-hander Jaime Garcia received a cortisone injection in his left shoulder on Wednesday after it was determined that he is dealing with inflammation in that area. Both George Paletta, the Cardinals’ team physician, and orthopedist James Andrews saw no structural damage with Garcia’s surgically-repaired shoulder.
“I think it’s good news,” general manager John Mozeliak said after hearing from Andrews. “We were certainly hopeful that it was not going to be something where he had to have surgery. This is certainly better than what it could have been, yes.”
Garcia will return to the Cardinals’ Spring Training site in Jupiter, Fla., on Thursday, and the Cardinals will monitor his progress before deciding when to have Garcia restart his throwing program. Though the Cardinals are still hopeful that Garcia will be a key contributor in 2014, the expectation is that he will not be rotation-ready by Opening Day.
It has already been more than a week since Garcia last threw off the mound.
“I think the way to look at it is really day-to-day at this point and just see where he ends up,” Mozeliak said. “I would imagine it would be difficult at this moment just given the fact that he is behind. But in fairness, I think we should let the next few days or weeks unfold.”
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