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Cardinals pick an injury, place Jaime Garcia on disabled list

Jun 7, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

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Last week when the Cardinals skipped Jaime Garcia‘s turn in the rotation they said it was for an elbow injury, but after he got knocked around in his return start they revealed that he was also dealing with shoulder and hip problems.

Today they placed Garcia on the disabled list and the official reason is his shoulder, which they’re calling strained for now.

To take his spot on the roster they recalled Fernando Salas from Triple-A, but Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the Cardinals will likely make another move to add a fill-in starter for Sunday.

Garcia, who signed a four-year, $27.5 million contract extension 11 months ago, had a long history of arm problems before reaching the majors, but he’s been mostly healthy since 2010 with a 3.37 ERA in 71 starts.

  1. El Bravo - Jun 7, 2012 at 4:57 PM


    I should rename my fantasy squad the “St. Louis Cardinals”…or “St. Louis Injured Cardinals & DickVerHamels” would be more accurate….Craig, Beltran, Motte, Garcia, Wainwright and Berkman have all been, or currently are, members of my crew.

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 7, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    In Cole Hamels’ day, you’d walk that nonsense off, pitch every damn day and party with Ava Gardner every damn night.

  3. okwhitefalcon - Jun 7, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Key portion in the above story to keep an eye for those who follow the Cards and their medical staff’s early reports on injuries:

    “which they’re calling strained for now”

    Here’s a very informative fact based column on the Cards sketchy injury evaluations, it’s an interesting read.

    It’s nothing to get all “Oliver Stone(d) conspiracy theorist” about but it’s food for thought on an obviously concerning pattern of organizational misreads.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 8, 2012 at 8:40 AM

      OKWF: Dead on. They have always been very evasive with regards to evaluations (or factually reporting them anyway). It’s precisely why I stated we would be lucky to get Carp back in July when the initial reports came back on him. I can’t even remember what they predicted at this point…but I thought it was May. Well…here we are well into June and no real timetable on him either.

      • paperlions - Jun 8, 2012 at 8:58 AM

        Name 1 reason teams should accurately report injuries. Plus, this is medical information, if the players don’t want any details reported, the team can not report them.

      • okwhitefalcon - Jun 8, 2012 at 11:03 AM

        I’m of the mind medical reports should not be released until conclusive and a plan moving forward is in place.

        If teams jump the gun and publicly, set expectations that aren’t fully accurate they set themselves up for exactly what the Cards are going through now regarding the perception of their medical teams competence.

  4. thefalcon123 - Jun 7, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    At what point do we stop calling them the Cardinals and start calling them the Redbirds?

    • okwhitefalcon - Jun 7, 2012 at 9:54 PM

      Well played.

  5. tophermike - Jun 8, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    I’d like to see what Shelby Miller can do… but they probably will save his options for September.

    • okwhitefalcon - Jun 8, 2012 at 2:21 PM

      Miller’s getting crushed in Memphis – giving up tons of HR’s, walking too many and velocity way down.

      It’s sounding more like Joe Kelly will get a shot in Garcia’s spot for now, then Dickson…then who the hell knows…

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