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Jaime Garcia shut down four weeks with tearing in shoulder

Jun 8, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

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The verdict is in on Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia.

According to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com, the young left-hander was diagnosed with a shoulder impingement Friday after paying a visit to Dr. Lewis Yocum in California. Surgery is not being discussed as an option, but Garcia will be shut down for at least the next four weeks to allow the injury to heal.

Garcia is also expected to meet with Dr. James Andrews at some point in the near future, but the Cardinals seem pretty confident that they’ve nailed down the problem. Now it’s about getting the talented southpaw rested and right.

Joe Kelly will fill St. Louis’ vacant rotation spot on Sunday afternoon against the Indians. Garcia was sporting a 4.48 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 51/19 K/BB ratio in 66 1/3 innings before landing on the 15-day disabled list.

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UPDATE, 11:04 PM: Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Friday’s testing “discovered tearing within Garcia’s rotator cuff and his labrum.” Which sounds pretty friggin’ serious.

  1. cardsfanindelaware - Jun 9, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    HEY DEWITT, HOW ABOUT SOME MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS THAT KNOW WHAT THE F#@K THEY ARE DOING!! This ragtag asshat crew you are paying are 3rd rate at best and are injuring our players moreso with their botched medical knowledge.

    • paperlions - Jun 9, 2012 at 11:02 AM

      To clarify, you think the Cardinals medical staff accosted Garcia and tore up his shoulder?

  2. randygnyc - Jun 9, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    Labrum = reasonable chance of surgical recovery.
    Rotator cuff= very, very bad.

  3. redguy12588 - Jun 9, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    This is what happens when you build a talented roster of injury prone players. And Beltran hasn’t gone down yet.

  4. crookedstick - Jun 9, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Good to see the Cardinals are continuing their whiny ways. Don’t all clubs face these travel situations during the years??

    From the STL P-D:

    To a man the Cardinals said a schedule that has had them play on 28 of the last 29 days, including late-night returns from Los Angeles and Houston, is not the sole reason for a recent 5-10 stretch.

    But combined with a growing crush of injuries, it does offer a partial explanation.

    “If you look at it, I think we really messed up in the Basic Agreement not getting every travel day as a day game,” insisted left fielder Matt Holliday. “I think that was something we should have pushed for. They (the Indians) were probably here at 7:30 (last night). We got here in the morning.”

    • rmfp1978 - Jun 9, 2012 at 8:53 PM

      I’m a huge cardinals’ fan but holliday and garcia are sissys. Way overpayed

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 11, 2012 at 9:09 AM

      Okay…help me out here Crookedstick.
      If I am understanding you correctly…you are “whining” about the Cardinals’ “whining?”
      No?

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