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Jaime Garcia just pitched like a guy with a sore elbow

Jun 5, 2012, 9:27 PM EDT

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The Cardinals had Jaime Garcia skip his turn last week due to elbow discomfort, but it appears it wasn’t enough. Dealing with reduced velocity, he was pounded for six runs in two innings before being pulled from Tuesday’s game against the Astros.

Garcia, who was typically working in the 88-90 mph range earlier this season, was throwing 85-87 mph tonight and was also ineffective with his curve. He allowed just his second homer of the year, that coming off the bat of Justin Maxwell. The six runs he gave up took his ERA from 3.78 to 4.48.

There’s a good chance Garcia will join Chris Carpenter on the DL after this one, potentially putting Brandon Dickson into the St. Louis rotation. It’d be another big blow to a team that would fall to .500 on the season with a loss tonight.

  1. redguy12588 - Jun 5, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    Don’t the Cards have a really good pitching prospect to bring up? Seems like a good time.

    • okwhitefalcon - Jun 5, 2012 at 10:19 PM

      I presume you’re talking about Shelby Miller.

      Not near ready, got shelled (again) today in Memphis – the HR ball is killing him.

      Some believe AA Trevor Rosenthal has surpassed Miller in the system – throws harder, better command and better focus. The jury’s still out really, he’s (Miller) only 21.

      Either way, the Cards are in need of help in both the rotation and the pen – I fully expect a minor deal/dumpster dive sooner than later.

  2. okwhitefalcon - Jun 5, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    This from Cards beat writer Derrick Goold:

    https://twitter.com/dgoold

    “Latest: Garcia was not removed for any reason other than his performance. There has been no report of elbow soreness”

    • okwhitefalcon - Jun 6, 2012 at 12:01 AM

      The post game presser was much less optimistic than the above tweet by Derrick Goold in regards to Garcia’s health.

      Both Matheny and Garcia think there’s something up still/again physically, not alot of optimism from either.

  3. rollinghighwayblues - Jun 6, 2012 at 12:49 AM

    “was throwing 85-87 mph tonight”

    Astros broadcaster, Milo Hamilton, also made note of a couple 70mph “eephus” type pitches.

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