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Jaime Garcia could begin a rehab assignment next week

Jul 25, 2012, 10:23 PM EDT

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From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch comes this:

Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia faced hitters Tuesday in Jupiter, Fla., and he could one more workout away from a rehab assignment.

That final workout will happen Friday afternoon and will involve Garcia throwing around 45 pitches. If all goes smoothly, he should make his first rehab start late next week at one of the Cardinals’ Low-A affiliates in south Florida.

Garcia has been sidelined since early June because of a left shoulder strain. The 26-year-old native of Reynosa, Mexico had a pedestrian 4.48 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 51/19 K/BB ratio in 66 1/3 innings before landing on the disabled list. He owns a cool 3.45 career ERA and 1.34 career WHIP.

Assuming no setbacks, Garcia will be back in the St. Louis starting rotation by mid-August.

  1. okwhitefalcon - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    Interesting fodder on this from talkers today in STL, none seem to be too encouraged by the above news or the prospects of Garcia’ s effectveness if/when he does return.

    Bright siding it, Cards starters have been lights out sans Garcia, any positive contribution from him moving forward would be icing at this point.

  2. blues1988 - Jul 26, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    Yeah that is good to hear but to be honest i don’t know if i want him to replace any of our pitchers.
    We have 2 rookies who are doing exceptionally well above what we expected, especially Kelly. Couldn’t ask for more from either of them. Maybe go with a 6 man rotation to give Jaime some extra rest in between starts.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:31 AM

      I hear you Blues. Not sure I like the 6 man rotation idea (but understand where you are coming from with it). If…and it’s a big if…Jaime comes back sharp maybe you put Kelly in a middle relief role. Time will tell. But I am not too optimistic about getting anything from Jaime the rest of the year.

  3. lionsflyersandredbirds - Jul 26, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Regardless of his ERA this year, his 51/19 K/BB is pretty promising…

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