Garcia diagnosed with shoulder inflammation; no structural damage

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

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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8 Comments

We are better off without him ! Never completes a game OR season !

I don’t agree with that. Almost by definition, the suggested loss weakens our bullpen. When he has thrown effectively, he was a very good weapon. Unfortunately we haven’t seen that for a couple of years, so we tend to forget. I wish Jaime and all other Cards who have suffered, or will suffer an injury, the best and speedy recovery.

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Jamie McGEE It’s Good Garcia Did Not Have Any Structual Damage.

Cardinals will have a LH starter by the end of July. I just don’t think it’ll be Garcia.
Too bad, I hate it when its an injury,not faded ability that puts a premature end to ones career.

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