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Jaime Garcia to begin rehab assignment in 10-14 days

Jul 22, 2012, 12:34 PM EDT

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Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia hasn’t appeared in a game since June 5 due to tearing in his rotator cuff and labrum. But things are suddenly looking up.

Andrew Wagaman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Garcia is headed down to the Cardinals’ spring training complex in Jupiter, Florida on Sunday and is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment within the next 10-14 days. That pegs his return to the major leagues for mid-August.

Garcia, 26, signed a four-year, $27.5 million contract extension with St. Louis last July. The native of Reynosa, Mexico has a 3.45 career ERA in more than 440 major league innings. He had a 4.48 ERA in 66 1/3 frames this year before hitting the shelf.

The Cardinals enter play Sunday trailing the Reds by five games in the National League Central standings.

  1. stlouis1baseball - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    I don’t anticipate Jamie bringing anything to the table the rest of the year.
    Any remotely successful innings would be a huge benefit with that pitching staff banged up like it is.
    They need to sign someone to help hold down the fort a bit. Signing a quality starting arm would go a long way towards allowing the team to shut down Jaime for the rest of the year (which I think he needs).

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