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Jaime Garcia to be examined by Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Lewis Yocum

Jun 8, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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It’s never good news when an injured pitcher schedules a visit with Dr. James Andrews or Dr. Lewis Yocum, but what about when an injured pitcher schedules visits with both of them?

Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Jaime Garcia will do just that after the Cardinals placed him on the disabled list yesterday with a strained shoulder. He’s also been dealing with elbow and hip problems recently, leading to skipping a turn in the rotation last week before returning with a rough outing Tuesday versus the Astros.

For now general manager John Mozeliak has said that surgery “is not on the table” but obviously that doesn’t mean much until Andrews and Yocum take a look.

Garcia has been mostly healthy since joining the Cardinals’ rotation in 2010, making 72 starts with a 3.40 ERA to earn a four-year, $27 million contract extension about 11 months ago, but he had a long history of arm problems in the minors.

  1. natstowngreg - Jun 8, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Both distinguished orthopedists examining him? Yikes. If I were a Cardinals fan, I’b be really, really worried right now.

    • ajcardsfan - Jun 8, 2012 at 3:48 PM

      No more about this than I am the 20 other injuries plaguing our team…sigh

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 8, 2012 at 3:52 PM

      I hear you Greg. Unfortunately, Jaime is just another one to add to the extended DL at this point.

  2. okwhitefalcon - Jun 8, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    It’s official, Joe Kelly getting his shot Sunday starting in place of Garcia per a multitude of STL sources.

  3. okwhitefalcon - Jun 8, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    Additional word from Cards GM John Mozeliak just in.

    Garcia out “at least” 4 weeks with shoulder impingement per Dr. James Andrews, 3rd opinion from Yocum in the next few days.

    “Re-evaluation” after initial 4 weeks with the possibility of being shut done for the year, surgery not out of the question.

    Mo said they are looking at all options including outside of the organization, it didn’t sound like he was in any mood to wait around util the trad deadline and overpay while acknowledging it’s tough to trade for pitching.

  4. okwhitefalcon - Jun 8, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Per Joe Strauss Garcia has moderate tears in the labrum and rotator cuff, out at least 6 weeks.

    Surgery not on table yet says Mozeliak.

    It’s not good regardless…

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